Abdulla Pashew

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Abdulla Pashew
Ebdulla Peşêw (cropped).jpg
Native name
عەبدوڵا پەشێو
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Abdulla Pashew, or (Kurdish: عەبدوڵا پەشێو, romanized: Ebdulla Peşêw), is a contemporary Kurdish poet.[1][2] He was born in 1946 in Hewlêr, Iraqi Kurdistan. He studied at the Teachers' Training Institute in Hewlêr (Erbil), and participated in the Foundation Congress of the Kurdish Writers' Union in Baghdad in 1970. In 1973 he went to the former Soviet Union, and in 1979 he received an M.A. in pedagogy with a specialisation in foreign languages. In 1984 he was granted a PhD in Philology from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences. For the next five years he was a professor at al-Fatih University in Tripoli, Libya. He has lived in Finland since 1995.[3] He was a refugee until 1997.[4]

He published his first poem in 1963 and his first collection in 1967. Since then he has published eight collections. The latest, Berew Zerdeper (Towards the Twilight), was published in Sweden in 2001. He is fluent in English and Russian and has translated the works of Walt Whitman and Alexandr Pushkin into Kurdish.[5]


  1. ^ Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse (16 August 2014). "Kurdistan: Where Poets Are More Than Poets". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Kurdish poet Abdulla Pashew visits Diyarbakir". 18 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Abdulla Pashew". Poetry Translation Centre. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ "The Poetry of Truth: An Interview with Abdulla Pashew". January 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05.
  5. ^ "New Translations of Abdulla Pashew". The Iowa Review. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2015.

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