The fourth largest language group in the Middle East, the Kurds are the least understood even among Americans who try to keep up with events there. Located in the heart of the region, the Kurds have been major actors throughout their long history, especially during the 20th century in the four countries where they are today a significant minority. In the course we will give special emphasis to understanding how the Kurds fit into current developments in the Middle East. Several documentary films will be shown to provide additional insight.
Tom Sanders (email@example.com) is a retired professor of religious studies and of international studies. He has taught many courses in the College for Seniors, including several on the Middle East. He has visited Turkey many times, learned Turkish, and had many conversations with Kurds on their situation and problems.