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Misplaced Tag[edit]

I believe that the tag is misplaced. Izady is an important researcher on the Kurds and their history and he has testified before congress on this issue. He gets 66 hits on and 39 on including his own books and numerous citations of his works. He is also the translator of the most important work on Kurdish history Sharafnama into English.Heja Helweda (talk) 00:01, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Another anti-Kurdish "information"?[edit]

I am not sure what Heja Helweda means by "missplaced tag"...

But it did feel careless that the article begins with the statement that Izady is a nationalist with controversial ideas.

The fotnote number 1 is linked to a website that has nothing on Izady, ie totally irrelevant.

In fact, the second fotnote could very well replace the entire article due to its language, richness of information and at least one quote by Izady.

"Some of Izady´s guesses"? How does one guess in such areas?

Overall, a very poor and and another worryingly angled "Kurdish" article in Wikipedia, there anti-Kurdish forces (nothing necessarily about this one) are in action, as agents of high politics. —Preceding unsigned comment added by RojdaMkurdistani (talkcontribs) 11:23, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Whatever his political opinions, he is THE scholar on Kurdish and Middle Eastern history, backed up with a whole lot of sources and materials. He knows what he talks about. --Sekterlan (talk) 00:42, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Continuous unfounded attacks on Izady's pioneering works[edit]

The text on Izady has been augmented by a frivolous and falsified attack by an individual who has gain the status of an "Admin" with Wikipedia, the misguided person has also marred the pages of the internet with his single-minded attack on Kurds as a nation of roots and distinction, and Izady in particular. The individual claims that Kurd as a nation is largely an imaginary idea. That anyone who write in the defense of the Kurdish heritage and history must be an extremist or "nationalist," if not a crook. In the past, he has tried to contact Izady in various ways by assuming false Kurdish identity, but having been caught, has carried his anger into the internet. Unfortunately, he has done the same against his fellow Assyrians, who have rejected him from amongst themselves. See, for example,

This is what he lists in the body of the text on Izady, that the Wikipedia has thankfully remove, because of its clear frivolity and baselessness.

Claims :Some of Izady's (often contentious) claims: 1. Kurds are more precise and detail-oriented than their neighbours.[5]

Response: Why is this statement contentious? South Indian are known for centuries as mathematics-savvy folks who have invented for the world the numerical system we commonly use now-a-days, around the world but misname as “Arabic numerals.” Microsoft and other software developing companies have recently tapped into this tradition of mathematics-oriented society of south India by outsourcing their work to Bangalore and other south Indian locales. The famed mathematical geniuses, Srinivasa Ramanujan and Sivaramakrishna Chandrasekhar were both South Indians. Is it then a racist or ethno-centric remark to state that south Indians are more mathematically savvy than their neighbors? No, it is the statement of a fact born to cultural nature of south Indian societies that cherish and promote knowledge in mathematics. The same cultural phenomenon toward precision is observable among the Kurds. It is not genetic or racial, but cultural.

2. Kurds are religiously fanatical[6], romantic in love, and much eager to become non-Kurdish.[7]

Response: There is no such an assertion of religious fanaticism on p. 189 mentioned by the claimer. However, much mythology and folk stories and songs are provided on p. 189 to establish Kurds as being romantic in love. How is a point of contention?

3. As to Kurds being “much eager to become non-Kurdish,” this is the actual text from p. 189 that the claimer bases his accusations on:

“To become a good politician it has been necessary to leave mother-mountain and de¬scend to the cities of the plains, where politicking is a well-developed craft. When, and if, an expatriate returns to the mountains, he will no longer be trusted wholeheartedly by the common people; it is as if he has lost his virtue by leaving the apron of mother-mountain and living among the crafty plains people. These men always seem eager to tell the Kurds how quickly they can suc¬ceed once they become non-Kurdish in ev¬ery way. Indeed, Kurds living in the plains cities are seldom considered to be Kurds by those living in the highlands, and have not been trusted to be leaders. To know the secrets of the mountains, the passes, rivers, and caves; to know the clans’ customs; and to be brave, are essential characteristics of Kurdish leaders. Often the Kurds living on the plains are perceived as foreign agents, insiders trained to obliterate all that is held dear by the Kurds. Any common Kurd can name a few of these "mercenary, plains-stricken" Kurds, known as the jâsh, “the donkeys,” who mindlessly carry a load of alien agendas and embrace the sinister aims of outsiders wishing to annihilate the Kurdish homeland and people.”

4. Proto-Elamite tablets were "Kurdistani" tablets.[8]

Response: No such claim has been made. The passage on page 28 of the Handbook simply states: “Writing underwent rapid develop¬ment in Mesopotamia, but in Kurdistan it was used only in conjunction with the tokens. Clay tablets bearing records written in a pic¬tographic script known, for the lack of a better term, as “proto-Elamite” made their first known appearance in southern Kurdistan at Godin, near modern Kangâwar, about 4500 years ago. …. The con¬tent of those written tablets excavated so far in southern and south-central Kurdistan and tenta¬tively la¬beled “proto-Elamite” has not been deci¬phered and translated. These primary sources for history of the southern Kurdish states and their culture, therefore, remain inacces¬sible at this time. Consequently, the history of these regions and period must be recon¬structed using the records of the neighboring civi¬liza¬tions insofar as they make reference to the inhabitants of the mountains of southern Kurdistan.”

How exactly does this identify the proto-Elamite tablets as “Kurdistani”?

5. History of Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Persia should be rewritten as a history of mainly the Kurds.[9] Response: Where exactly such a claim has been made? Footnote 9 cites the entire book, not any given page(s). This is more of an angry reviewer intent on smear than scholarly review.

6. All the Kurds have one common worldview.[10]

Response: There is no such a claim on page 183. However, even if there were such a thing, it is not an inaccurate statement: it is commonly known as the “national ethos:” a worldview shared commonly by a nation that distinguishes it from other nations. Kurds are not any different.

7. The evidence that the term Kurd was used by ancient, classical and medieval sources not as en ethnic name but rather a general term meaning shepherd is just not true.[11]

Response: This is a clear attack on the national identity of the Kurds with mal-intention. It has been a habit of the states that govern portions of Kurdistan and their academics to falsely claim that the term “Kurd”, whenever and wherever is encountered in the ancient and medieval texts, stands for a shepherd and not an ethnic Kurd. Meanwhile, the same believe that every time the term Turk, Arab, Turcoman or Assyria is encountered, it mean an ethnic Turk, Arab, Turcoman or Assyrian. But not Kurd! The text challenges any researcher to come up with a single evidence of this in medieval and ancient texts to substantiate this. The only evidence so far has been one single phrase from a geographical book authored by a Persian, Hamzah of Isfahan, and none else. The mal-intended claimer here wishes to reduce the Kurds to a people with no history, even if they are found in the pages of history--ancient and medieval, by using the old canard that “Kurd” meant a shepherd--any shepherd, but not so the terms Turk, Arab, Assyrian, Turcoman, etc.

And finally, why all the criticism listed here are concentrated in the material contained in only 15 pages of a densely packed, 260 pages encyclopedic work? He seem not have had the patience to read that very large book and benefit from it instead of using it as a tool for just another mindless attack on the Kurds and the scholars who write about them

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Izady (talkcontribs)

Vague and irregular section on "contentious claims"[edit]

I have removed this section in its entirety. It was both unencyclopaedic and incomprehensible - where, when and by whom were the claims and their respective "responses" written? If there are those wishing to discredit Izady and/or his work, the customary thing is to compile a "Criticisms" section consisting of substantive sources and claims. ZanLJackson (talk) 12:05, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

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