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The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone

Janet Klein


At the turn of the twentieth century, the Ottoman state identified multiple threats in its eastern regions. In an attempt to control remote Kurdish populations, Ottoman authorities organized them into a tribal militia and gave them the task of subduing a perceived Armenian threat. Following the story of this militia, the author explores the contradictory logic of how states incorporate groups they ultimately aim to suppress and how groups who seek autonomy from the state often attempt to do so through state channels. In the end, Armenian revolutionaries were not suppressed and Kurdish leaders, ... More

Keywords: Kurdish populations, tribal militia, Ottoman state, Armenian, Kurdish–Turkish relations, state-building, violence, dispossession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804775700
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Klein, author