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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 of Jazirah ibn 'Omar (modern Cizre also known as Cizîra Botan (Jazira Botan)) in southeastern Anatolia.


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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-Islamic story from Persian historical epics based on real events. In this story a Persian king, Khosrow II Parviz (I assume this last name is the same name as '...


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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 of Botan women and possibly finding suitable fiancés. By coincidence or act of destiny, the Mîr’s two sisters, Zîn and Stê, use the same strategy. So here we ...


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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. Miqdad Midhat Bedirkhan, who published the first issues in Cairo in 1898 [...] In the second and following issues of Kurdistan he published sections from Mem û Zîn ...


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