Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Local Prof Updates Book On Kurds

A Tennessee Tech professor says the Iraqi Kurds are once again in the news as Iraq starts exporting crude oil from a Kurdish region oilfield. Dr. Michael Gunter has just released updated information in a book about the Kurds, who he says are the largest nation in the world without its own independent state. Gunter's second edition of "Historical Dictionary of the Kurds" from Scarecrow Publishing expands on the first edition through an updated chronology, an introductory essay, an expanded bibliography, maps, photos, and more than 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and aspects of culture, society, economy, and politics. Gunter says about 30 million Kurds live in the area straddling the mountainous borders where Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria converge in the Middle East.