Kurdish 2022/2023

About the Subject

Kurdish is spoken by 20-25 million people in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Kurdish is one of two official languages in Iraq according to the Iranian constitution and is the official language in the Kurdistan Region.

The language can be divided into two main variants: Southern Kurdish (Sorani) and Northern Kurdish (Kurmanji). Kurdish literature began to develop during the 1500s in the partially independent Kurdish Emirate under Ottoman or Persian rule. First cycle courses aim at giving a good understanding of Kurdish through studying grammar alongside texts. Oral and written exercises are included as well as courses in Kurdish social studies looking at issues relating to religion, politics, and culture. The first level predominately focuses on Sorani, but at higher levels students will study Sorani and Kurmanji side-by-side as a means of comparison.


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