References to Kurds in Medieval Arabic and Persian Literature


  • Mustafa Dehqan



While studies of the Kurds usually concentrate on principal Kurdish materials, much less attention has been paid to the Kurdish community and its related topics as reflected in non-Kurdish sources. Until recently, the Kurds were known often from Kurdish literature and a very few non-Kurdish historical works, mostly difficult of access. This article presents the most important references to Kurds in Arabic and Persian sources, from the viewpoint of medieval historians, scientists, poets, sheikhs, diplomats, et cetera; sometimes from that of the Kurds themselves, only not in the Kurdish language. The element common to all these notes is the attempt to make parallel use of sources from different types which complement each other: it is very interesting to compare and contrast them with regard to various historical topics concerning the other communities in the Middle East.