By Gordon Legge
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69 The ICP largely disappeared from public view until the events of April–May 1941 when, as has been noted, it decided to give its support to Rashid ‘Ali’s movement. The Kurds under the Mandate and Monarchy So far, only passing reference has been made to the Kurds, who constitute some 20 per cent of the population of Iraq, partly because although the integration of the Kurdish area within Iraq has long been a cardinal principle of Iraqi politics, the background to the ‘Kurdish question’ is in many ways sui generis, and thus most conveniently discussed as a separate issue.
Like the Arabs during the same period, although to a lesser extent, the Kurds were affected by the currents of 24 Iraq Since 1958 nationalism in Europe and Asia in the second part of the century, and began to found political associations demanding either some form of decentralised administration or, more rarely, complete independence from Ottoman control. In an essentially tribal society, such activities could only be effective if they were supported by powerful tribal leaders, who could produce the weapons and the men necessary to bring about the political changes desired by the ‘intellectuals’.
Mahabad) KDP in Iraqi Kurdistan was led by Ibrahim Ahmad, who denounced the Barzani-‘Abdullah initiative as a potentially dangerous derogation of the authority of Qadi Muhammad and the Mahabad Republic, which still seemed the most viable vehicle for Kurdish national aspirations. These details may seem trivial, but the effect of the foundation of separate parties was to formalise 30 Iraq Since 1958 what has subsequently developed into a permanent political division between Iraqi and Iranian Kurdistan.
A Journalist's Guide to Islam by Gordon Legge