The Contemporary History of Iran - Part 13: “The Republic of Mahabad”
The Republic of Mahabad” - Part 13 of the Roqe Media series, The Contemporary History of Iran. What spawned a movement of Iranian Kurds searching for nationhood and unity dating back to the Constitutional Revolution of 1905? And how did Kurdish nationalism in Iran grow to reach its zenith with an independent - albeit, short-lived - independent Republic to realize the elusive dream of autonomy and self-government? And what would become of the Kurdish unity and power embodied in the Republic of Mahabad after it collapsed by the end of 1946? Historian and author, Dr. Abbas Vali, a professor of Modern Social and Political Theory in the Department of Sociology at Bospherous University, joins Jian Ghomeshi from Istanbul to discuss a fascinating moment in Iranian history and a pivotal event for Kurds around the world.