Exaggerating and exploiting the Sheikh Said Rebellion of 1925 for political gains
Abbreviated Journal Title
New Perspect. Turk.
Kurds; Sheikh Said Revolt; Turkey; Independence Tribunals; Progressive; Republican Party; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
The religious and nationalist nature of the Sheikh Said Rebellion in 1925 has been debated by the scholars for decades. For the Kurdish nationalists the rebellion symbolized the Kurdish struggle for an independent state. For the Turkish state, it was another deception by Great Britain to stir up the region for its colonialist interests. Newly available sources in the US diplomatic archives raise the question of the Turkish government's fomentation and/or manipulation of the Sheikh Said Rebellion. In addition, some of the Turkish oppositional leaders (such as Kazim Karabekir) of the time suggested that this rebellion was allowed to happen to suppress the political opposition in Turkey. This study examines the validity of these claims and how this rebellion was manipulated to silence political opposition in Turkey. More specifically, this study will seek answers to the following questions: Was the Sheikh Said Rebellion fomented by the Turkish government to eliminate the political oppositions How was this rebellion manipulated to accomplish this aim?
New Perspectives on Turkey
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