By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard

The six volumes of A historical past of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of knowledge and research of the historical past, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval international.

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The government claimed that Qadiri had organized the destruction of ballots in three voting centers in the recent elections that had resulted in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning the presidency. Thousands of Iranian Kurds launched protests in Mahabad, the unofficial capital of Iranian Kurdistan, as well as in Sanandaj, Sardasht, Oshnavieh, Divandareh, Baneh, Sinne, Bokan, and Saqqez, among others. The Iranian government had to respond with a state of de facto martial law and deploy large numbers of security forces.

Kurdish cultural centers, bookshops, and similar activities have also been banned. Indeed, some have suspected that in return for giving the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) sanctuary in Syria for many years, the PKK kept the lid on Syrian Kurdish unrest. For all these reasons, therefore, little was heard about the Kurds in Syria. Events in Kurdistan Iraq, however, helped begin to change this situation. In March 2004, Kurdish rioting broke out at a football match in Qamishli. Since then, the atmosphere has remained tense.

In addition, as just noted, Turkey’s self-interest in a stable region to its south and considerable economic investments there already, as well as Iraqi Kurdish guarantees against meddling in Turkey’s own Kurdish problem in return for Turkish acceptance of the KRG, are leading Turkey begrudgingly to accept the KRG. An independent KRG would benefit Turkey by acting as a buffer between Turkey and the instability to the south and would also be politically and economically dependent upon Turkish support.

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