About the Book:
They are the largest people group in the world without a homeland of their own. Despised and persecuted the world over, they even call themselves “the people without a friend.” Sadaam Hussein tried to wipe them from the face of the earth, killing several hundred thousand of them in the attempt. Their sufferings have become legend.
They are the Kurds, descendants of the ancient Medes best known today from the pages of the Bible — inhabitants of what the world now calls Northern Iraq.
Yet today the Kurds are rebuilding so brilliantly from war and oppression that even their enemies call it a “miracle.” Six star hotels stand where bombs once fell, shopping malls and gleaming schools rise where massacres once occur. National Geographic and Conde Nast have listed modern “Kurdistan” as a “must-see” tourist destination.
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I’m going to admit that I knew little to nothing of who the Kurds were or even what Kurdistan is, so this book was highly educational in explaining all that to me and opening my eyes to this group of people who are blossoming as they come out from under a tyrannical government and also out from a war against the Kurds. I do remember Sadaam Hussein and the American troops finding him hiding in a hole in the ground but little do I remember of anything in any American news outlet and apparently that was just find with America as well as Sadaam. As I read this book, I couldn’t help but think of the Jews and many others lost during the Holocaust – Sadaam was an evil man, but I won’t tell the details here because I don’t think I could bear to repeat them.
The author does a great job in tracing the Kurdish people’s beginnings and I appreciate that he began his timeline figures at 6300 BC instead of millions of years ago, but regardless of when the Kurdish culture began theirs is a story, like the Holocaust, that must be told so that everyone can learn from it and experience how down trodden people can fight back and not necessarily with weapons and rise up to become a mighty people. Stephen Mansfield also told of Christians who came to live among the Kurds and help them – the Kurds have made Islam their own and it’s not the kind that is akin with ISIS or other terrorist groups. Missionaries come and are welcomed with open arms – not for the help they bring but because it seems, Kurds, love and welcome everyone.
There is pain in these pages but if you can look past the pain, don’t forget it though, and see the Kurds as a people, as a person (the author gives the reader a ‘visit’ with several Kurdish men) and see how they’ve overcome severe oppression, hatred and almost complete extermination then this book will not only be an educational one but one that will open your eyes to a people who still need our prayers and our help. One won’t simply see them as Muslims or a non-Christian, you will see them as your fellow man, suffering, and come to identify with them. Of course, it’s also a book if you don’t want to be educated beyond what the media allows you to know and if you don’t want your heart opened to those needing help far from you, leave the book where it is and move on. It took me time to get through this book because it isn’t a quick read, I don’t recommend reading it in bed, but I do recommend reading it.
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