Theorising women and war in Kurdistan: A feminist and critical perspective

Nazand Begikhani, Wendelmoet Hamelink, Nerina Weiss

Abstract

In this introductory article to the special issue Women and War in Kurdistan, we connect our topic to feminist theory, to anthropological theory on war and conflict and their long-term consequences, and to theory on gender, nation and (visual) representation. We investigate Kurdish womens victimisation and marginalisation, but also their resistance and agency as female combatants and women activists, their portrayal by media and scholars, and their self-representation. We offer herewith a critical perspective on militarisation, womens liberation, and womens experiences in times of war and peace. We also introduce the five articles in this issue and discuss how they contribute to the study of women and war in two main areas: the wide-reaching effects of war on womens lives, and the gendered representation and images of war in Kurdistan.

ABSTRACT IN KURMANJI

Bdoza jin ?er li Kurdistan Perspekteke femt rexnegir/h4>

Di vnivara danaser a hejmara taybet a li ser Jin ?er li Kurdistande, em mijarbehsbi bdoza femt, bdoza mirovnasiyya ?er pevnan encam wan y demdir, bdoza zayend, netewe nane (ya ditin ve giridin. Em li ser vederkirin mexdkirina jin kurd loldikin, her wekmeseleya berxwedan adeya ?ervan jin lakvan maf jinan, pirs ku wa medya loler qala wan dikin wa ew jxwe didin nan. Em her weha perspekteke li ser le?keririn, azadkirina jinan tecrubey jinan di heyam ?er a?tiyde pberxwendevanan dikin. Di ber re, em danasa her pc nivar vhejmarjdikin girgiya wan a ji bo lol jin ?erdi du war sereke de gufto dikin: encam berfireh y ?er li ser jiyana jinan, nane dimen zayendy ?er li Kurdistan

ABSTRACT IN SORANI

Be Tiyorirdinrew?jinan ceng le Kurdistan: Go?enayekftw rexnegirane

Lem nd wutare da, ke meleftaybete be jinan ceng le Kurdistan, hewlman dawe ke kogek bikeyn le ruwangey ftw tiyor antropolojleser ceng milmilanw akame dirxayenekanyan le layek herweha tiyor regez, netewe w tuwannwerirdin le layekde. e xwdineweman kirde bo key bequrban perawxistinjinan. Le heman kat da mijarberxodan xoristinjinan wek cengawer lakanmafjinan wey ewan le rageyandin len lolewe zanistiyekan tuwanxo?yan da. e herweha tuwanrexnegiraneman leser mijarkdar azad jinan ezmjinan le katceng a?tda xistote r Lem melefe taybete da, pc wutarman pk kirde w eweman nan dawe ken le dlayengiringewe tk xirawete ser mijareke: karer firawanceng le ser jiyanjinan, herweha nuwandin wey regezjinan le ceng le Kurdistan da.

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