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the meaning of the word peshmerga !

PostAuthor: dyaoko » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:33 pm

i have seen dozens of the meanings in many news sites for the word peshmerga.

the funny is all these sites been english or persian, I never seen any kurdish site tell me the meaning of peshmerga.

Persians call pershmerga in their own dailect , PISH MARG and they say it means the one who dies first.

English news have INVENTED many meanings....one is "those who face death "
I can remember at first days of the iraq war , there was very wrong meanings in the news sites.


as for me as a kurd, I guess Pesh Merga means, those peopel who die BEFORE their Nation [Pesh means before , as Peshewa means somebody who is ahead of everybody ]

means if a danger come to danger the nation, they would rather die before others.
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PostAuthor: Piling » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:45 pm

Peshmerga was used for the first time in Mahabad Republic.

As you know Dyaoko, Mahabad was a great time for culture. Qazi Mohammad was very fond of Kurdish culture.

So committeses of linguists, scholars, gathered to purify their language of Persian/Turkish/Arab/ influence... And they met for finding real Kurdish word in their official dictionnary.

And for the name of "feddayin" they sought a lot.

And at the end, some of these scholars asked to a poor man who was the housekeeper of their office. For gundî (farmers) spoke the purest and best Kurdish, because they did not study.

And they asked him how in Kurdish they say "feddayin" and he answered : in my country we say "peshmerga" : those who face death (English explanation is right because Archibald Roosevelt of President Roosevelt 's family and William Eagleton were very fond of this republic and wrote many papers about it, gathering all ppl's memories).
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PostAuthor: Vladimir » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:48 pm

You really know a lot about Kurdish history. Did you read all the books in the Kurdish library?
The suppression of ethnic cultures and minority religious groups in attempting to forge a modern nation were not unique to Turkey but occurred in very similar ways in its European neighbours - Bruinessen.

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PostAuthor: dyaoko » Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:00 pm

oh I wish somebody would make digital version of the books,has Google asked your library to let them make digitalized books ?

google is digtlizing worlds books .
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PostAuthor: Piling » Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:25 pm

You really know a lot about Kurdish history. Did you read all the books in the Kurdish library?


LOL I work in the Library for 2 years only... and I work about Kurdistan for 12 years... but this book has a good success in France.

Dyaoko, I don't believe there is an e-book version of Eagleton's book. But I will try to scannerize Roosevelt's papers.

Unfortunately, Google has not contacted small libraries like ours. :cry:
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PostAuthor: zering » Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:02 pm

I thought google lost their bid on digitalizing books after the law sute against them 2 months ago....
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