Intellectual Kurdistanbul – Approaching Istanbul As A Diasporic Experience

Duygu Örs


Istanbul is the biggest Kurdish city. This fact, which might look controversial on the first sight, is the outcome of different waves of Kurdish migration to one of the biggest cities in Turkey – a country been direct perpetrator of these migrations. Kurdish migration to Istanbul is very diverse and has created many different experiences of the city. The article will focus on an intellectual Kurdish Istanbul, created and experienced by self-identified Kurdish Istanbulites, who engage with their identity in an intellectual and Kurdophile way.


internal diaspora, Kurdish Istanbul, urban ethnography.

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