Kurdish Institute of Istanbul

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Kurdish Institute of Istanbul (Kurdish: Enstîtuya Kurdî Ya Stenbolê‎, Turkish: İstanbul Kürt Enstitüsü), founded in 1992, was 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, Cemşid Bender and Süleyman İnanoğlu were among the founding members.

The institute's main research activities were in the fields of linguistics, folklore and history. It published a research journal titled Zend every three months. The institute held courses in the Kurdish language and provided certificates of translation into/from Kurdish.

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]


The institute was first raided and shut down on November 15, 1992, shortly after its opening.[3]

The institute was again closed down and sealed on the morning of December 31, 2016, per a declaration issued under Article 11 of the Turkish State of Emergency (OHAL).[4][5]


  1. ^ [1] Archived January 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [2] Archived January 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Lois Whitman; Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S.) (1993). The Kurds of Turkey: Killings, Disappearances and Torture. Human Rights Watch. pp. 4–. ISBN 978-1-56432-096-4.
  4. ^ Turkey shutters Kurdish language institute
  5. ^ Kurdish Institute of Istanbul closed down and sealed

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