THE ZAZA PEOPLE AS A NEW ETHNO-POLITICAL FACTOR IN THE REGION VICTOR1A ARAICELOVA Yerevan Despite the fact that the global ethnic formation processes have been generally completed, even now, at the end of the 20th century, we sometimes become the wit- nesses to the birth of new ethnic-national units, which in appropriate situations can be developed into an important regional political factor. This phenomenon is determined by the resurrection of national self-consciousness, creating a new national identity, as well as by regional political developments and inner ethnic processes. A good illustration of the above is the 4-5 million Zaza people in Central Anatolia. In spite of their distinct national identity and ethnic consciousness, the Zazas have never claimed their separate existence, as they have for centuries been surrounded by the Kurds, the people with a homogeneous language and close culture. Therefore, in the "outer world " they have been always considered as a part of the Kurds, a so-called "Kurdish tribe". The national identity of the Zaza has always been under the shadow of the Kurdish ethnic and national prevalence, and during the last century and a half, it has been totally suppressed by the Kurd's political strivings
Iran and the Caucasus – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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