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The literary legacy of the Ardalans


  • Farangis Ghaderi

    (Independent Researcher, Exeter, United Kingdom)


Classical Gorani literature is believed to be the oldest Kurdish literary tradition which under the patronage of the Ardalans developed into a “literary koinè” in the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries. However, despite its antiquity and significance in the history of Kurdish literature, it has remained largely under-studied. It is against this backdrop that I offer an overview of Gorani literature, its history of development, and main literary characteristics in this article. Through extensive text analysis I examine the classical Gorani poetry for its major genres and forms and predominant themes and images. I study Gorani oral and written literature and their interactions, and the role it played in Kurdish poetic modernisation in the twentieth century.

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  • Farangis Ghaderi, 2017. "The literary legacy of the Ardalans," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 5(1), pages 32-55, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:ksjrnl:v:5:y:2017:i:1:p:32-55

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