Kurdistan between Illusion and Reality (Part 19)

In this article, we will talk about the view of the Polish researcher (Basili Nikitin) concerning the Kurds’ history after he lived 50 years with them, and wrote a book entitled (the Origin and the Human & Linguistic Characteristics of the Kurds)

A researcher for any nation’s origin, most often, raises a controversial issue s/he faces, so s/he gets involved in the topic of criteria, particularly the topic of the Kurdish nation’s origin and the time & place of its emergence.

A researcher believes that the historical evidence lack permanency and unchangeability among researchers, yet, if s/he turns out to be helpless in proving this historical evidence, as is the case with the Kurdish issue,  s/he resorts to specific criteria such as the name, race, and language of that nation.

However, we might not be convinced of the absolute scientific value of this evidence if we find that they differ from one group to another in that nation,  as name alone does not lead to any satisfactory conclusion concerning the nation holding it .

To take the French nation as an example, it is worth to mention that if we took the name without knowing for sure its historical origins, we could have considered it relating to (Germanic) origin. The same thing applies to the Russian nation where the name is derived from a Scandinavian word. Therefore, the name might be misleading if we did not know that it refers to a dominant group of leaders from whom the Slavic people derived their name..

The same case applies to the Bulgarian people that have nothing in common with their Turanian ancestors who lived a primitive life on the banks of Volga River, as well as the current Romanian people that took their name from some Romanian groups in the country which were composed of other than only Latino people.

The same is true regarding the race and language as it is impossible to accurately pinpoint their pure components on which  we can establish comparisons among nations that existed at the dawn of history.

However, the mission of linguists seems much easier as  they often succeed to attribute the language to its initial origin.

On the other hand, anthropologists cannot provide an  archetype of a human from whom a progeny descended to constitute a nation.

Furthermore, archeologists did not provide until this late stage anything to help anthropologists in their researches. As professor Contino noted …

We will continue this discussion in following articles that convey the view of Polish researcher regarding the Kurdish issue.

To be continued… 

By ; Dr. Ali al-Shoaibi– Damascus

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