Martin is Emeritus Professor of the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at Utrecht University.
With the 1960 coup and the relatively liberal constitution of 1961, Kurdish political activism gained new momentum in Turkey. Kurdish leftist deputies took seats in the parliament from the newly formed Turkish Workers’ Party. Diverse factions of the far-left in Turkey, both Kurds and Turks sympathized with the situation of the Kurdish region, which they considered to be colonised by the ruling Turkish class. According to Martin van Bruinessen, post-1960 politics represented much more than a revival of Kurdish political movements.
Recorded on 30 September 2022, in the second part of this episode Martin tells us about the evolution of Kurdish activism after the 1960s : from the tribes and student activists to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) links to Syrian and Turkish intelligence, its violent fight, as well as its present-day relationship with the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). The episode concludes with a note on the potential role of the Kurds in the 2023 elections and the future of Turkey.
Episode 22 – Part II: More than a Revival
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MAIN IMAGE: ‘BATMAN, THE TOWN, IN 1976’, COURTESY OF MARTIN VAN BRUINESSEN.