Kurdish Institute of Istanbul

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Kurdish Institute of Istanbul (Kurdish: Enstîtuya Kurdî Ya Stenbolê, Turkish: İstanbul Kürt Enstitüsü), founded in 1992, is an organization focusing on Kurdish literature, language and culture. Kurdish and Turkish intellectuals such as Musa Anter, Yaşar Kaya, Feqî Huseyîn Sagniç, İsmail Beşikçi, Abdurrahman Dürre, İbrahim Gürbüz, Cemşîd Bender and Süleyman İnanoğlu were among the founding members.

The institute's main research activities are in the fields of linguistics, folklore and history. It publishes a research journal titled Zend every three months. The institute holds courses in the Kurdish language and provides certificates of translation into/from Kurdish [3].

It has published a Kurdish-Turkish dictionary (Büyük Türkçe-Kürtçe sözlük / Ferhanga Mezın Tırkî Kurdî and Büyük Kürtçe-Türkçe Sözlük / Ferhanga Mazın Kurdî Turkî) prepared by Zana Farqînî in 2004.[1] The institute has also re-published many of the classical works in Kurdish literature, including the works of Faqi Tayran.[2]

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