The Political Thought of Abdullah Ícalan: Kurdistan, Women's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism
Abdullah Ícalan actively led the Kurdish liberation struggle as the head of the PKK from its foundation in 1978 until his abduction on February 15, 1999. Now, writing from isolation in Turkey's Imrali Island Prison, he has shaped a new political movement in the Middle East called Democratic Confederalism, which is rapidly developing and spreading across the Middle East because it combats powerful religious sectarianism while also providing the blueprints for a burgeoning democratic society.
Bringing together Ícalan's ideas in one slim volume for the first time, The Political Thought of Abdullah Ícalan contains a selection of his most influential writings over his lifetime. These ideas can be read in light of Ícalan's continuing legacy during the ongoing revolution and the battle against conservatism and religious extremism. As the political situation in Syria intensifies, this book offers a timely and essential introduction for anyone wanting to come to grips with his political ideas on the Kurdish question, gender, Democratic Confederalism, and nationalism.