The Last Mufti of Iranian Kurdistan and Its Revision of Kurdish History

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  • Marouf Cabi Cabi University of St Andrews, Scotland



Kurdish religious identity, political Islam, modernization, Ahmad Muftizadeh, religious Kurdayeti.


This article analysis Ali Ezzatyar’s The Last Mufti of Iranian Kurdistan, which aims to prove how the Kurds’ supposed indisposition towards political Islam qualifies them to be the natural allies of the West and the Western powers. Supported by the two theses of shared social values and shared rivalries between the Kurds and the West, and centred around its main protagonist Ahmad Muftizadeh’s supposedly alternative form of political Islam, the book is based on two premises: a declining relationship throughout the twentieth century between Kurdish identity and Islamism, and the inconsequential nature of the relationship between Iranian Islamism and Kurdish Islamism. In contrast, and in order to save history from merely serving policy-making, this article argues that the relationships involved were determined in the wider context of the process of the modernization of Iran, in which political Islam emerged and, albeit to a limited extent, influenced the development of a religious Kurdayeti or Kurdishness represented by Muftizadeh.


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How to Cite

Cabi, M. C. (2019). The Last Mufti of Iranian Kurdistan and Its Revision of Kurdish History. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 6(3), 1–12.



Original Manuscript
Received 2019-04-10
Accepted 2019-07-07
Published 2019-12-18