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Kurds
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Kurdistan, originally a term for “steppe country” and later for the land of the Kurds, was the term given by the Seljuk government of Iran (1092–1194) to a region that must have stretched from between Lakes Van (in present-day western Turkey) and Urmia (in eastern Iran) south to the Zagros Mountains (extending along the Iran-Iraq border). The basic word came to be used, as in Arabic, as a collective and denoted “tiller of the field” or “shepherd.”

Today some scholars identify the Kurds …

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Colpe, Carsten, “Kurds”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_K112>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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