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Rudaw’s Book of the Year: The Miracle of the Kurds

By Namo Abdulla 7/1/2015

Washington D.C. –  Inside America, a weekly political program on Rudaw TV, has chosen Stephen Mansfield’s “The Miracle of the Kurds,” as its book of the year.
The best-selling author has painted an honest and largely friendly picture of the Kurdish people, who have long been oppressed in the Middle East and remained unknown in the West.

Mr. Mansfield rightly argues that the Kurds are a rare pro-Western, largely secular and moderate people in the Middle East have their unique culture and language.
The Kurds number more than 30 million people living in adjacent portions of four countries: Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. 
In the interview above, Rudaw’s Namo Abdulla talks to Mr. Mansfield about his book and the future of the Kurds as they are currently in war against the Islamic State (or Isis) in both Iraq and Syria.

The book, published in 2014, is available for purchase on Amazon.


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Sudad Zanganah | 7/1/2015
It is a great honor to have Mr. Mansfield as a friend and we wish to have more friends like Mr. Mansfield. However, we might forgive, but never forget for what kurdish people have been through because of West and United States. At least I personally know American people have decency. We should buy this Book (Miracle of the Kurds) at least Kurdish people should. Thank you again Mr. Mansfield
Welsh chap | 7/1/2015
You've endorsed an author who wrote a gushy biography of Sarah plain ?!? You've got to laugh. I have just bought it anyway, an will remain open minded.
Zagros Archeology | 7/1/2015
Why do the Kurds live in the mountains? Answer: Because that's the only place Noah had to land his boats. The indigenous 'Mountain Peoples' of Kurdistan have been present in the Zagros and Taurus mountain regions since the early neolithic (12000BP) Look to the east of Arrapha to Jarmo:(9000-7000 BP) The beginnings of civilization as we know it today! Who were these people? They were indigenous mountain people- Kurds.Why did they leave Jarmo? Because, they went down to Arrapha for a better life.
J. R. Wheeler | 7/1/2015
You can't understand Iraq without knowing about the Kurds. This book will help unlock the wonderful story of the Kurds. It is the Kurds who are providing refuge for millions fleeing ISIS brutality.
Hersh | 7/1/2015
I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read it (yet) but on general there is too little literature and research about Kurds in English so something like this is needed and welcomed. It's no wonder that Middle Eastern experts and analysts in western institutions, departments and governments have Arab, Turkish and Iranian world view. To make matters worse many of the reports and litterateur are done with an Iraqi, Turkey or Iranian agenda, some by hired pen some by Turks and Arabs in the west, they're biased and twisted, this is something we have to address.
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