Mittwoch, 06. April 2022, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Nature, Environment and Society in Eurasia

Ringvorlesung Turkologie Sommersemester 2022

09.03.2022-22.06.2022 | Mittwochs 18.30 - 20.00 Uhr CET | Online Vorträge



Kurdistan's Mobile Capitalism: Putting-Out System in Sheep and Cattle Farming

Zozan Pehlivan (Minnesota)


Historically, Ottoman Kurdistan, located at the intersection of major trade routes linking the Black Sea with the Persian Gulf, and Iran and Iraq with Syria and Anatolia, served as a crossroads of population, raw materials, and commodity flows. Based on Ottoman and British archival sources, this paper aims to examine what made Ottoman Kurdistan a cohesive economic region in the nineteenth century. By focusing on the historical compatibility and collaboration between peasants, pastoralists, and urban dwellers and using available statistical and qualitative information, this paper demonstrates the importance of animal husbandry in the region’s economy and changing dynamics during the nineteenth century.


Zozan Pehlivan is an Assistant Professor of History and McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her areas of expertise are history of environment, climate change, violence, comparative empires, and pastoralism. In 2020-21, she was a Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar. Currently she is working on her first book monograph, tentatively titled “Before the Genocide: Pastoralists, Peasants, and Environmental Crises in Late Ottoman Kurdistan.”

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Institut für Orientalistik


Ayse Dilsiz Hartmuth
Institut für Orientalistik