Kurds (Kurdish: کورد ,Kurd) or Kurdish people are an Iranian ethnic group native to the mountainous region of Kurdistan in Western Asia, which spans southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria.
Where do Kurdish men come from?
Kurd, member of an ethnic and linguistic group living in the Taurus Mountains of southeastern Anatolia, the Zagros Mountains of western Iran, portions of northern Iraq, northeastern Syria, and western Armenia, and other adjacent areas.
Where are the Kurds mainly located?
Between 25 and 35 million Kurds inhabit a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never obtained a permanent nation state.
Where are the Kurds from?
The Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state—they are primarily split between Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria—yet they have often played important roles in US foreign policy.
Are Kurds Syrian or Turkish?
Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, and make up between 5 and 10 percent of the Syrian population. The estimates are diluted due to the effects of the Syrian civil war and the permeability of the Syrian-Turkish border.
What religion is Kurdish?
Nearly all Iraqi Kurds consider themselves Sunni Muslims. In our survey, 98% of Kurds in Iraq identified themselves as Sunnis and only 2% identified as Shias. (A small minority of Iraqi Kurds, including Yazidis, are not Muslims.) But being a Kurd does not necessarily mean alignment with a particular religious sect.
Why is Turkey at war with the Kurds?
The Kurdish–Turkish conflict is an armed conflict between the Republic of Turkey and various Kurdish insurgent groups who have either demanded separation from Turkey to create an independent Kurdistan, or attempted to secure autonomy and greater political and cultural rights for Kurds inside the Republic of Turkey.
Is Kurdish a Turk?
The Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Turkey. The Turkish government categorized Kurds as Mountain Turks until 1991, and denied the existence of Kurds. The words Kurds or Kurdistan were banned in any language by the Turkish government, though Kurdish was allowed in census reports.
What is the biggest Kurdish city?
KurdistanKurdish-inhabited areas (according to CIA, 1992)LocationUpper Mesopotamia and the Zagros MountainsPartsNorthern Kurdistan (Turkey) Southern Kurdistan (Iraq) Eastern Kurdistan (Iran) Western Kurdistan (Syria)Largest citiesAmed (Diyarbakır) Hawler (Erbil) Kirmashan (Kermanshah) Heseke (Al-Hasakah)2 more rows