The Kurdish Identity of Turkish Nationalist Thinkers: Ziya Gokalp and Ahmet Arvasi between Turkish Identity and Kurdish Ethnicity

Uzer U.

TURKISH STUDIES, vol.14, no.2, pp.394-409, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683849.2013.802900
  • Journal Name: TURKISH STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.394-409
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This article purports to study the national identity of two influential ideologues of Turkish nationalism, Ziya Gokalp and Ahmet Arvasi, their approach to Kurds and their rejection of such affiliations regardless of their background in a predominantly Kurdish milieu. Their worldviews were strikingly different regarding social matters but they both shared a common view regarding the hegemonic position of Turkish identity even in a Kurdish-majority region.