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Editorial 7

Greetings from Nûbihar Akademî.

We are very pleased and proud to be able to present to you, distinguished rea- ders, a new issue of Nûbihar Akademî. Nûbihar Akademî has published on most specific issues such as dialect, author, poet, culture, history, manuscript and spe- cific documents. Although we as academics of Kurdish studies try to focus on and reveal neglected and specific topics, in contrast to this reality, the concrete political developments around the globe do not let us ignore them, which accordingly shifts the micro perspective towards the macro. As you would see in the current issue, Nûbihar Akademî will occasionally publish articles from both perspectives.

As a standard form in the journal, four articles, one translation and a document make the current issue. In terms of the languages used, three articles and a docu- ment are in Kurdish-Kurmanji and an article is in English. In terms of disciplines, two articles are about international policy, one about education, another about literature of Kurdish folklore, the translation is about language and the document is about the history of the Kurds.

The article of Abdullah Kıran titled “Turkey, its war against ISIS and the future of the Kurds” is in Kurdish-Kurmanji and about political science. Kıran focuses on the recent period of Turkey’s policy and the Southern Kurdistan covering the period from 2003 up to the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan. Kıran in the framework of the Kirkuk conflict, the Arab Spring, energy and ISIS offers comprehensive analyses on the policy in Turkey and the period mentioned and the independence of Kurdistan.

The article of Necat Keskin with the title of “The Kurdish Nationalistic Senses and Kurdish Politics in the Last Century” is in English and falls within the discipli- ne of Political Science. Keskin highlights international messages after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and its excluding Kurds outside of it and then focuses on the current situation of the Kurds in the new design of the Middle East with a comparison of the present and the past. Keskin, drawing on Anderson’s “imagined communities” and the current developments, argues that the idea of nationalism is still not well-formed among the Kurds.

The article of Şehmus Kurt titled “Li Gorî Pîvanên Cunningsworth Nirxandi- nek li Ser Hînkerê” is in Kurdish-Kurmanji and it is on language teaching. Kurt, in his article, assesses the Kurdish language teaching course book “Hinker” in ac- cordance with assessment criteria developed by Alan Cunningsworth, one of the leading experts in evaluation and selection of the books used in language teaching. Kurt points out that though Hinker might have some deficiencies such as the con- tent of the language, four skills and the role of the teachers, it is successful in terms methodology and covering social values.

In his article Kurdish-Kurmanji “Heyranok ji Hêla Ziman, Şêwaz û Naverokê ve: Nimûneya Herêma Wanê,” Mehmet Yıldırımçakar writes on Kurdish folk li- terature. Yıldırımçakar highlights the signfance of the genre heyranok and deter- mine the topic with scientific methods of culture, folklore and literature based on the language, style and the content of the heyranoks from the Van region with significant analyses.

In the translation section of this issue, an article by Theodora Bynon titled “The Ergative Construction in Kurdish,” published in 1979 in the University of London in the journal of Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies de (Cambridge University Press, j. 42) was translated into Kurdish-Kurmanji by Re- sul Geyik with the title of “Binyada Ergativîyê di Kurdi de”In the final section, Yusuf Baluken authors a document titled “Çend Doku- ment ji Serdema Mîrektiya Melkişî.” Baluken presents the writings of Yelman Beg Madrasah, two tombs of Melkişiyan family and a few coins that were issued in Çe- mişgezek. It is worth to mention that Melkişiyan Seigniory was established in the XIV century around Çemişgezek, Pertek and and Saxmana Dêrsimê.

With our best wishes until another issue of Nûbihar Akademî.

Assoc. Prof. Abdurrahman ADAK
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