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Prison Writings

The Roots of Civilisation

By (author) Abdullah Ocalan
Translated by Klaus Happel
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pluto Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jan 2007
Dimensions: w 145mm h 238mm d 24mm
Weight: 650g
ISBN-10: 0745326161
ISBN-13: 9780745326160
Barcode No: 9780745326160
Synopsis
Abdullah Ocalan was the most wanted man in Turkey for almost two decades until his kidnapping and arrest in 1999. He has been in prison ever since. This is the first publication of his writings amassed during his imprisonment. As the founder of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), the group fought for an independent Kurdish state in the south east of Turkey. In a sustained popular uprising, tens of thousands of PKK guerrillas took on the second largest army in NATO. Since his imprisonment, Ocalan has written extensively on Kurdish history. This book brings together his writings for the first time. Breathtaking in scope, it provides a broad Marxist perspective on ancient Middle Eastern history, incorporating the rise of the major religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism), and defining the Kurdish position within this, from the ancient Sumerian civilization through the feudal age, the birth of capitalism and beyond.

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'Once I began reading, I was unable to put the text down ... very informative and perceptive' -- Ghada Talhami, D.K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, Lake Forest College, Illinois 'OEcalan has penned a monumental history of the ancient Near East that offers a grand vision. His well informed and highly original synthesis has the additional advantage of transcending academic fields. This is the first truly postcolonial history of Mesopotamia, a controversial, intellectually stimulating work' -- Randall H. McGuire, Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University, Binghamton NY, and author of A Marxist Archaeology