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Title: The Lawîj of Môr Basîliôs Shim'ûn
Subtitle: A Kurdish Christian Text in Syriac Script
Author(s): KREYENBROEK, Philip
Journal: Journal of Kurdish Studies
Volume: 1    Date: 1995   
Pages: 29-53
DOI: 10.2143/JKS.1.0.519226

Abstract :
At a time when the Kurds in Turkey and Iraq are facing considerable hardships and indeed serious threats, it may seem frivolous to devote time, energy and space to the study of a Christian hymn in Kurdish, composed in the 18th century and preserved in Syriac script. However, recognition of Kurdish identity -and thus of language and culture- is perhaps teh one aim in which all Kurds involved in the struggle against oppression have in common; it is hoped that the present study will help their cause, albeit indirectly, by illustrating the richness and complexity of Kurdish literature.

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