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Minorities in the Zagros – Language & Identity

The Zagros has been the contact zone of cultures, religions, and political powers ever since we have historical records. It is also home to many minorities, both linguistic and religious.

In this workshop we focus on the community commonly referred to as 'Gorani'. Despite deep linguistic differences, Gorani is perceived as a Kurdish dialect by most of its speakers, among whom we find adherents of the Ahl-e Haqq or Yaresan.

Presentations on the dialectal diversity of Gorani, its literary tradition and religious beliefs will be complemented with presentations on other minorities of the region. In this context, we attempt to throw light on the historical relationship of communities in the Zagros and to understand better what makes them affiliate to or alienate from their neighbours.

The workshop will take place at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.


Prof. Dr. Saloumeh Gholami (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)
Dr. Thomas Jügel (CERES, RUB)


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Dr. Thomas Jügel

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