The Importance of Cultural Elements in the Struggle of the Kurdish People
Auteurs : 1.Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, 2.Chris Kutschera, 3. François Houtart, 4. Fuad Hussein, 5. Ismet Chériff Vanly
In this introduction we will say something about the background the RIOP and its motives for organising this congress, followed by some general lines drawn from the congresspapers. We will conclude this introduction by submitting to the reader some perspectives for further research resulting from the discussions during and after the congress.
We hope that this will provoke response, positive or négative, because this congress, like RIOP itself, should be seen as 'only a beginning’, as our friends from Cultural Survival remarked wisely and hopefully.
Those of you, who are.
J. George Waardenburg, Chairman RIOP Advisory Board, professor development planning Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Peter Idenburg, Coordinator RIOP, political scientist Free University Amsterdam.
Dr. Imst Cheriff Vanly, Scholar on Kurdish affairs, published a.o. Le Kurdistan Irakien entité nationale, Neuchâtel, 1970.
Chris Kutschera, Journalist, published several books and papers on e.g. Biafra, Sudan, the Palistinians, the Kurds, was editor of: Le mouvement nationale Kurde, Paris, 1979.
Dr. Majeed R. Jafar, Economist from Iraq, residing in Sweden, several publications.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, General secretary of the Kurdistan Démocratie Party in Iran.
François Houtart, Professer sociology, Centre de recherches socio-religieuses, Université Catholique de Louvain; Directeur Centre Tricontinental, Louvain La Neuve, Belgium.
Dr. Fuad Kamal, Specialist on Kurdish-Iranian literature, connected with the Free University Berlin.