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Indigenous Communities from Turkmenistan

Balochi | Kurmanji |

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Kurmanji
 
Indigenous Group Kurmanji (Also known as: Kurds, Kurdish)
Location Turkmenistan, Southern Turkmenistan, Ashgabat and along the border with Iran. Also found in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Lebanon; also living in exile in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia
Estimated Population 6,000 (2004, Human Rights Without Frontiers: pg12)
Environment Mountain / Forest / Urban
Lifestyle Sedentary
Subsistence Paid Labor / Commerce / Trade / Agriculture
Level of Assimilation Fairly Traditional
Language Family Kurmanji
Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Northwestern, Kurdish
Alternate Names: Kurdish (Northern), Eastern Kurmanji, KermancÓ, KirmancÓ, KurmancÓ , Khorasani, Kirmanciya Jori, Kordi, Kurdi, KurdÓ,  zdÓkÓ, Badinani, Bahdini, Behdini
Dialects: Akre, Amadiye, Ashiti, Barwari Jor, Bayezidi, Botani, Boti, Gulli, Hekari, Khorasani, Marashi, Mardinli, Mhallami, Sheikhan, Shemdinani, Surchi, Zakho
Website URLs Why Did Turkmenistan Lie to the UN?
Wikipedia - Kurmanji Language
Ethnologue: Kurmanji, A Language of Turkmenistan
Kurmanji Kurdish: A Reference Grammar with Selected Readings
Turkmenistan: Living on the Margins Ė IWPR Report on Kurds in Turkmenistane
The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire: Kurds
Kurdistanica - The Encyclopaedia of Kurdistan
Kurdistanica - Geography of Kurdistan
Kurmanji Dialects Group: Southern Turkmenistan
NGOs Kurdish Academy of Language
Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights
Washington Kurdish Institute
Researchers Comments Since independence, the Kurmanji population has, along with other ethnic minorities in Turkmenistan, experienced repression of its culture and language as the Government has emphasized the predominant Turkmen culture.

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