The prison writings of Kurdish freedom fighter and PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan
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About the Author
Abdullah Ocalan actively led the Kurdish liberation struggle as the head of the PKK from its foundation in 1978 until his abduction on 15th February 1999. He is a leading strategist and the most important political representative of the Kurdish freedom movement. Under isolation conditions at Imrali Island Prison, Ocalan authored more than 10 books which revolutionised Kurdish politics, including The Political Thought of Abdullah Ocalan (Pluto, 2017), and Prison Writings, Volumes I and II (Pluto, 2007; 2011).
Table of ContentsPrefaceTranslator's introductionSECTION 1: SLAVE-OWNING SOCIETY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVILISATIONIntroduction1. The birth of civilisation on the banks of Tigris and Euphrates 2. The historical role of Sumerian civilisation 3. Permanent effects of Sumerian civilisation4. Some methodological problems concerning historical development and expansion5. The expansion and maturity of slavery6. Tribal confederations, local and territorial states 7. Resistance to slaveholder civilisation and its reform 9 Medes, Persians and the making of the EastSECTION 2: THE AGE OF FEUDAL CIVILISATION1. The ideological identity of the feudal age2. Islam as a revolutionary force of the feudal age 3. Institutionalisation and expansion of feudal civilisation 4. Climax and decay of feudal civilisation 5. Some conclusive remarks on Sections 1 and 2SECTION 3: THE CIVILISATION OF THE AGE OF CAPITALISM1. The birth of capitalism and its new ideological identity 2. The development and institutionalisation of capitalist civilisation3. Capitalist expansion and the climax of capitalist civilisation4. The overall crisis of civilisation and the age of democratic civilisationSECTION 4: IDEOLOGICAL IDENTITY AND TIMESPACE CONDITIONS OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN CIVILISATION 1. Ideological identity in the third millennium2. A new programme for the Kurdish movement3. Reflections on strategic and tactical approaches4. Time as a creative element5. Global aspects and perspectivesSECTION 5: CAN A NEW SYNTHESIS OF CIVILISATIONS ARISE FROM THE CULTURAL TRADITIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST? 1. The renewal of ideological identity is a task of historic priority2. The preconditions of a new synthesis3. Theory and practice of Middle Eastern civil societyNotesIndex