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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:45 AM

1. The Safavids ethnically cleansed Kurds to provide "safe" borders.

They moved in those less likely to be traitors.

That was 1500s. Displacements and massacres continued in the 1600s. 1700s. 1800s. And 1900s. They started with the conquest of Kurdish areas by the Ottomans centuries before. By and large, they were found to be disruptive because they didn't always side with the "right" rulers.

They were not "nationalistic"--that's when the desire to actually be independent because of ethnicity arose. A bit later than in other places, but it reached that part of the world. Still, before that if something could favor Muslims over non-Muslims in the Empire, that's how it went; and if things could favor Turks over non-Turks, that's also pretty much how it went. Even without nationalism in this Turkish writer's sense, there were times when small independent Kurdish "states" arose, only to be eventually (as most states are) squashed. Most people prefer to have rulers that speak their language and share their culture.

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