Nationalism, history and civilization in Öcalan’s thought

Bahadır Türk H. B.

National Identities, vol.24, no.3, pp.287-302, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14608944.2021.2011849
  • Journal Name: National Identities
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, American History and Life, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Political Science Complete, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.287-302
  • Keywords: Kurdish nationalism, the PKK, abdullah Ocalan, history, civilization
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Using an interpretive-textual method, this study seeks to analyse the major characteristics of Abdullah Öcalan’s narrative of history in terms of the relationship between history and nationalism. Öcalan has been the undisputed leader of the PKK since the founding of the organization in 1978. As the leader who has shaped the policies of the PKK, Öcalan’s narrative of history has functioned as a cognitive map for the organization. Accordingly, this study argues that Öcalan’s narrative of history reflects a strong primordialist tendency. Furthermore, it is argued that history has been a significant component of Öcalan’s political thought.