Mehmet Kurt’s book: “Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey: Islamism, Violence and the State”

I have just finished reading Mehmet Kurt’s book: Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey: Islamism, Violence and the State.

This was a leisure reading and I do not claim expertise on this topic but as far as I could see, this is one of the best monographs about the Hizbullah in Turkey. This notorious organization has no organic connections with the more famous one in Lebanon. In Turkey, it is just called Hizbullah but since it predominantly consisted of Kurdish members and its arch-enemy was the Kurdish guerilla group, PKK, by adding Kurdish adjective it becomes more meaningful for the international audiences. After his founder was killed, the organization morphed into civil society and although it did not change its theological principles it does not rely on violence, for the moment. The author could access some insiders, some former militants. This organization is one part of Turkey’s darkest 1990s…

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