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Where is the Kurdish principality of Botan?

By searching online for ‘Botan’ plus ‘Kurds’, I arrived at the following Wikipedia article: Bohtan (also Buhtan, Bokhti) was a medieval Kurdish principality in the Ottoman Empire centered on the town ...
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What are all the love stories referred to in chapter 2 of Mem and Zin?

Shirin you made as sugar for Perwiz Ferhad shed blood as tears The poet Nizami Ganjavi, who lived in what is now Azerbaijan in the 12th Century, wrote a poem 'Khosrow o Shirin' which is based on a pre-...
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Why did Mem/Tajdin and Zin/Siti disguise themselves for Nowruz?

In The Kurdistan Tribune Dr Kamal Mirawdeli writes: Mem and Tazhdin, two young friends from nobility, decide to disguise in women’s dresses to give themselves a better chance of enjoying the beauty ...
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When was Mem and Zin / Mam û Zîn first printed?

Martin van Bruinessen, 'Ehmedî Xanî's Mem û Zîn and its role in the emergence of Kurdish nationalism' (PDF): The appearance of the first Kurdish journal, Kurdistan, was such an important moment. ...
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