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The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

Kurdistan, Woman's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism

Abdullah Öcalan

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The essential introduction to the writings of Abdullah Öcalan, founder of Democratic Confederalism

These are the essential writings of a man who inspired a new, egalitarian socialist regime in the Middle East, which is currently fighting for survival against religious extremism and state violence.

Abdullah Ocalan led the struggle for Kurdish liberation for more than 20 years until his capture in 1999. Now, writing from prison in Turkey, he has inspired a new political movement. Called Democratic Confederalism, this revolutionary model is developing on the ground in parts of Syria and Turkey; it represents an alternative to religious sectarianism, patriarchy, capitalism and chauvinistic nationalism, providing the blueprint for a burgeoning radical democratic society.

This selection of Ocalan's writings is an indispensable introduction for anyone wanting to engage with his political ideas. His central concepts address the Kurdish question, gender, Democratic Confederalism and the future of the nation. With The Political Thought of Abdullah Ocalan, his most influential ideas can now be considered and debated in the light of his continuing legacy, most notably in the ongoing revolution in Rojava.

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).

'Abdullah Ocalan seems to have done a better job writing with the extremely limited resources allowed him by his jailers than authors like Francis Fukuyama or Jared Diamond did with access to the world's finest research libraries' - David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5000 Years

Foreword by Nadje Al-Ali
Introduction
1. War and Peace in Kurdistan: Perspectives on a Political Solution to the Kurdish Question
2. Democratic Confederalism
3. Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution
4. Democratic Nation
Index
Published by Pluto Press in Apr 2017
Paperback ISBN: 9780745399768
eBook ISBN: 9781786800886

176 pages

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