Abbas Vali Professor Abbas Vali is a famous Kurdish academic and political scientist.
Abdul Hadi al Iraqi Abdul Hadi al Iraqi (عبد الهادي العراقي) is the nom de guerre of Nashwan Abdulrazaq Abdulbaqi (نشوان عبد الرزاق عبد الباقي), an alleged senior member of al-Qaeda who is now in US custo...
Abu al-Najib Suhrawardi Abu al-Najib Suhrawardi (Persian: ابوالنجیب عبدالقادر سهروردی)a (1097–1168) was a Sunni Persian Sufi who was born in Sohrevard near Zanjan and founded the Suhrawardiyya Sufi order.
Abu Hafs Umar al-Suhrawardi Abu Hafs Umar al-Suhrawardi (Persian:عمر سهروردى) (–1144-1234) was a Kurdish or Persian Sufi from Chorasmia and nephew of Abu al-Najib al-Suhrawardi.
Abu Omar al-Kurdi Abu Omar al-Kurdi, real name Sami Muhammad Ali Said al-Jaaf, was a top bombmaker for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's organization in Iraq, Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad.
Abū Ḥanīfa Dīnawarī Ābu Ḥanīfah Āḥmad ibn Dawūd Dīnawarī (828–896) (أبو حنيفة الدينوري) was a Muslim polymath excelling as much in astronomy, agriculture, botany and metallurgy and as he did in geography, mathemat...
Adib Shishakli Adib Bin Hassan Al-Shishakli was a Syrian military leader and President of Syria.
Adnan Karim Adnan Karim (عهدنان كهریم) (born 1963) is a prominent Kurdish singer from Kirkuk, Kurdistan.
Ahl-e Haqq The Ahl-e Haqq or Yârsân, are members of a religion founded by Sultan Sahak in the late 14th century in western Iran.
Ahmad Ghazi Ahmad Ghazi is a famous Kurdish writer and translator.
Ahmad Khani Ehmedê Xanî, (or Ahmad Khani), (1650–1707) was a Kurdish writer, poet, Sunni Muslim cleric, and philosopher.
Ahmad Shawkat Ahmad Shawkat was an Iraqi journalist shot to death outside his media office in Mosul, on 28 October 2003, following a series of death threats.
Ahmade Bate Mala Ahmade Bate (or Bateyi) (Mela Ehmedê Batê or Melayê Batê in Kurdish) (1417–1491) was a Kurdish poet and cleric.
Ahmed Arif Ahmed Arif was a Kurdish poet of Turkey.
Ahmed Barzani Ahmed Barzani (1896–1969) (ئهحمهد موحهممهد بارزانی / Ehmed Mihemed Barzanî), also known as Khudan (خودان), was the head of the Barzani tribe in Northern Iraq.
Ahmet Türk Ahmet Türk (born 2 July 1942 in Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey) is a Kurdish nationalist politician in Turkey.
Al Mansur Muhammad, Emir of Hama Al- Mansur Muhammad was the Ayyubid emir of Hama, son of Al Muzaffar Taqi ad-Din Umar and grandson of Nur ad-Din Shahanshah, brother of Saladin and Al-Adil.
Al-Adil I Al-Adil I (العادل, in full al-Malik al-Adil Sayf al-Din Abu-Bakr ibn Ayyub, الملك العادل سيف الدين أبو بكر بن أيوب; 1145–1218) was an Ayyubid-Egyptian general and ruler of Kurdish descent.
Al-Hasan ibn Adi Shaykh al-Hasan ibn ‘Adī, known also by the Kurdish terms Şêx Hesen and Şêx Sin, was a descendant of Umayyad Caliph Marwan ibn al-Hakam.
Al-Mansur Muhammad II Al Mansur Muhammad II was the Ayyubid emir of Hama 1244-1284, son of Al-Muzaffar Mahmud and grandson of Mansur Muhammad I. He was the great-great grandson of Saladin’s brother Nur ad-Din Shaha...
Al-Muzaffar Mahmud Al-Muzaffar Mahmud was the Ayyubid emir of Hama from 1229-1244 (626-642).
Al-Shahrazuri Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn Mahmud Shahrazuri was a 13th-century physician and philosopher of the Ilkhanate and late Abbasid era of Iran.
Al-Tughrai Mu'ayyad al-Din Abu Isma‘il al-Husayn ibn Ali al-Tughra'i (1061 – c 1121) was an 11th–12th century Kurdish physician.
Ali Akbar Moradi Ali Akbar Moradi,(Kurdish عه لی ئه کبیر مۆرادی; born 1957) is a well known Kurdish musician and composer.
Ali Ashraf Darvishian Ali-Ashraf Darvishian (born 1941 in Kermanshah) (علیاشرف درویشیان) is a Kurdish story writer and scholar.
Ali Merdan Ali Merdan (1904–1981) (عهلی مهردان) is a Kurdish musician who was born in Kirkuk, widely regarded as the man who revolutionized the maqam.
Ali Sherwan Beyrey (Ali Sherwan) is one of the largest Kurdish tribes of Īlām Province in Iran.
Ali Taramakhi Ali Taramakhi or Elî Teremaxî, was a Kurdish linguist and writer in 16th century.
Amir Khan Lepzerin Emîr Xan Lepzêrîn (transliterated: Amir Khan Lapzerin) was a Kurdish ruler of Bradost near Urmia.
Arab Shamilov Arab Shamilov (Erebê Şemo) (23 October 1897 – 1978) was a Kurdish novelist.
Asenath Barzani Asenath Barzani, also Asenath Barazani (1590–1670) (in Kurdish: Asênat Barzanî), the daughter of the eminent Rabbi Samuel HaLevi Barzani, was a renowned Kurdish Jewish woman who live...
Aslan Usoyan Aslan Ûsoyan (Аслан Усоян; 27 February 1937 – 16 January 2013), also known as "Grandpa Hassan" (Bapîr Hesen; Дед Хасан Ded Hasan) was an ethnic Kurdish Yezidi mobster and thief in law,...
Assad Sheikholeslami Sanandaji Dr. Assad Sheikholeslami (اسعد شیخ الاسلامی) (born in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Iran) is a prominent theologian and professor at Tehran University.
Ata Nahai Ata Nahai is a well-known Kurdish Iranian novelist and short story writer.
Avar Raza Avar Raza (born December 29, 1987 in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq) is a Danish footballer of Iraqi-Kurdish origin who formerly played as a striker for SV Schermbeck.
Aynur Doğan Aynur Doğan (born 1975) is a contemporary Kurdish singer and musician of Kurdish ancestry from Kurdistan.
Az-Zahir Ghazi Az-Zahir Ghazi (or al-Malik az-Zahir Ghazi; 1172 – 8 October 1216) was a Kurdish governor and then ruler of Aleppo from 1186 to 1216.
Azad Zal Azad Zal (1972, Diyarbakır) is a poet, writer, journalist, translator and linguist of Kurdish origin.
Azarbaijani Kurds The Azarbaijani Kurds are among the original Iranian populations of Azerbaijan, and traditionally mostly inhabited the areas in western regions of Azerbaijan around Lake Urmia.Some of Kurds in W...
Bradost Bradost (Biradost) or Baradust is a famous clan inhabiting a vast geographical area located in the middle of historic Kurdistan, in the region between Iraq and Iran's borders.
British Kurds British Kurds may refer to people born in or residing in the United Kingdom who are of Kurdish origin.
Bülent Tekin Bülent Tekin, (15 February 1954) Kurdish poet and writer, citizen of Turkey.
Cankurd Cankurd, (1948-), is a contemporary Kurdish poet and writer.
Cemil Bayik Cemil Bayik, also known as Cuma is one of the five founders of the Kurdish separatist movement Kurdistan Workers' Party, who are still alive and is among the organisation's top leadership ...
Chalabianlu Chalabianlu (ČALABĪĀNLŪ) (چلبیانلو) is a Turk tribe dwelling, for the most part, in the Garamduz District of Arasbaran region in East Azerbaijan Province of Iran.
Cigerxwîn Cigerxwîn or Cegerxwîn was a renowned Kurdish polymath and nationalist.
Colonel Pessian Colonel Mohammad Taqi-Khan Pessian (1892 - 3 October 1921) (also Colonel Pessian or Pesyan "Pesseyan"), born into an aristocratic family in Tabriz, was a popular military leader of I...
Daniel Ali Daniel Ali is an Iraqi Kurdish author, speaker and Former Kurdish Muslim Scholar.
Dashni Murad Dashni Murad (Kurdish: دەشنێ موراد, Arabic: دشني مراد ; born 1 January 1986) is an Iraq-born Dutch pop singer and television presenter.
David Alroy David Alroy (fl. 1160) was a Jewish pseudo-Messiah born in Amadiya, Iraq.
Derwich Ferho Ferho Derwich (born 2 October 1961 in Mzizah, Turkey) is one of the chairmen (along with his brother Medeni Akgül) of the Kurdish Institute of Brussels in Belgium.
Dilsa Demirbag Sten Dilsa Demirbag Sten (Kurdish: Dilşa Demirbag Sten) (born Dilşa Demirbağ, 10 October 1969) is a Swedish author and journalist.
Dlawer Ala'Aldeen Dlawer Ala'Aldeen (born 1960) دلاوهر عبدالعزيز علاءالدين, is the professor of clinical microbiology and head of the Molecular Bacteriology and Immunology Group at the University of Nottingham ...
Donboli Donboli (also Doonboli) was a tribal group that mainly inhabited the West Azarbaijan Province of Iran.
Early Kurdish Nationalism In the first decade of the 20th century, Kurdish nationalism was an ambiguous, controversial, or unfamiliar concept for many Kurds.
Early Kurdish nationalism In the first decade of the 20th century, Kurdish nationalism was an ambiguous, controversial, or unfamiliar concept for many Kurds.
Edip Yüksel Edip Yuksel (born 1957) is an American intellectual considered one of the prime figures in the modern Islamic reform and Qur'an alone movements.
Ehmedê Xanî Ehmedê Xanî, (or Ahmad Khani), (1650–1707) was a Kurdish writer, poet, Sunni Muslim cleric, and philosopher.
Ehsan Fatahian Ehsan Fatahian was an Iranian Kurdish activist, who was executed on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, in Sanandaj Central Prison, after being sentenced to death by the Judiciary of the Islamic Repu...
Emînê Evdal Emînê Evdal (1906–1964), was a Kurdish writer, linguist and poet.
Eren Derdiyok Eren Derdiyok (born 12 June 1988) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a striker for German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and the Switzerland national team.
Fakhr ad-Din ibn Adi Shaykh Fakhr ad-Dīn ibn al-Hasan, known also by the Kurdish name Şêx Fexreddin, was a descendant of Umayyad Caliph Marwan ibn al-Hakam.
Farrukh Shah Al-Malik al-Mansur Izz ad-Din Abu Sa'id Farrukhshah Dawud was the Ayyubid Emir of Baalbek between 1179 and 1182 and Na'ib (Viceroy) of Damascus.
Farzad Bonyadi Farzad "Freddy" Bonyadi (born 1959? in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian professional poker player based in Aliso Viejo, California, who has won 3 World Series of Poker bracelets.
Fehriye Erdal Fehriye Erdal is a female political activist from Turkey.
Feleknas Uca Feleknas Uca (born 17 September 1976) is a German Die Linke politician of Kurdish ancestry.
Ferozkohi Ferozkohi are tribes who presently live in Firuzkuh, Iran and speak the Baluchi languages, but are ethnic Kurds.
Ferzende Ferzende or Ferzende Beg (Kurdish: Ferzende Begê Hesenî, Turkish: Hasenanlı Ferzende Bey ? - 1939; Qasr-e Qajar Prison, Tehran, Iran), was a Kurdish Heseni tribesman, soldier and p...
Feylis Feylis (also Faylis, Failis or Faylees) are a group of Kurdish tribes located mainly in Luristan, Kermanshah, Ilam (Iran) and in Baghdad and the Diyala Province of Iraq around Khanaqin and Mandali.
Firuz-Shah Zarrin-Kolah Firuz Shah Zarrin Kolah (فیروزشاه زرین کلاه) was a Kurdish dignitary, and the seventh in the ancestral line of Shaykh Safi Ardabili, the eponym of the Safavid dynasty of Iran.
Flag of Kurdistan The Flag of Kurdistan (Kurdish: Alay Kurdistan or Alaya Kurdistanê, ئاڵای کوردستان, also called Alaya Rengîn "The Colorful Flag") first appeared during the Kurdish indepe...
Foad Mostafa Soltani Foad M. Soltani, or Kak Foad (in Kurdish:فواد مستەفاسوڵتانی، کاک فواد) (born in 1948 – died in 1979), was a Kurdish political leader, who influenced the events in Eastern Kurdistan after t...
Ghader Abdollahzadeh Qadir Abdullahzada (23 October 1925 - 21 May 2009) also known as Qale Mere or Mame Qale born in village of Kulice (pron: Kulija) in northwestern Iran, is one of the best known Kurdish traditiona...
Goran (Kurdish name) Goran (also Guran) is a Kurdish name commonly used for males in the geographical region of Kurdistan and by Kurdish people worldwide.
Guram Adzhoyev Guram Zakharovich Adzhoyev (Гурам Захарович Аджоев; born October 18, 1961 in Tbilisi) is a retired Russian professional footballer of Kurd ethnicity who currently works as a director of sports f...
Gutian people The Gutians (also Guteans, Guti, Quti, Qurtie, Qurti, Kurti and Kurdu) were a tribe from northern and central ranges of the Zagros Mountains that overr...
Habibollah Latifi Habibollah Latifi is a Kurdish Iranian law student at Azad University and a Kurdish activist who has been charged with Moharebeh and sentenced to death by an Islamic Revolutionary Court in Iran.
Haji-Alilu Haji-Alilu (ḤĀJI ʿALILU) (حاج علیلو) is one on the six major Tribes of Arasbaran.
Hajj Nematollah Hajj Nematollah (حاجی نعمتالله 1871 – February 28, 1919) was an influential mystic and religious leader of the Persianate Qajar Empire.
Halgurd Mulla Mohammed Halgurd Mulla Mohammed Taher Zebari (هلكورد ملا محمد طاهر زيباري, born 11 March 1988 in Mosul, Iraq) is an Iraqi football player of Kurdish ethnicity who plays as a Left Winger for Erbil SC in Iraq.
Hamdi Ulukaya Hamdi Ulukaya (born 1972) is a Kurdish American businessman.
Hamidiye (cavalry) The Hamidiye corps (literally meaning "belonging to Hamid", full official name Hamidiye Hafif Süvari alayları, Hamidiye Light Cavalry Regiments) were well-armed, irregular Sunni Kurdish,...
Hasanbeyglu Hasanbeyglu (حسنبیگلو) is one on the six major Tribes of Arasbaran.
Hasanwayh Hasanwayh, also known as Abu'l-Fawaris, was the founder of the Hasanwayhid dynasty, ruling from 961 to 979.
Hassan Zirak Hassan Zirek or Hesen Zîrek (1921–1972) was a celebrated Kurdish singer from Bukan, known for his recordings of classical Kurdish folk songs.
Hatun Sürücü Hatun "Aynur" Sürücü was a German woman of Kurdish descent whose family was originally from Erzurum, Turkey.
Hawar Mulla Mohammed Hawar Mulla Mohammed Taher Zebari (هوار ملا محمد طاهر زيباري, هەوار مەلا محەمەد تاهر زێبارى, born in 1 June 1981 in Mosul, Iraq) is an Iraqi Kurdish football player, who plays as Winger and Win...
Herro Mustafa Herro K. Mustafa (Hêro Mistefa; born 1973) is an American diplomat.
Hesenan Hesenan (Hesenan, Hasênan, Hesenî (read: Hassanan) Turkic: Hasananli or Hasananlu) is the name of a Kurdish tribe located in various parts of Kurdistan.
Hesenê Metê Hesenê Metê, (1957- ), is a prominent Kurdish writer, novelist and translator.
History of the Kurdish people Italic textItalic text' The Kurds are an ethnic group who have historically inhabited the mountainous areas to the south of Caucasus, a geographical area collectively referred to as Kurdistan.
Hossein Khezri Hossein Khezri (Persian حسین خضری) was an Iranian Kurdish activist who was sentenced to death by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court in 2009.
Hozan Canê Hozan Canê (born 1971) is a contemporary Kurdish singer.
Ibn al-Salah Abū `Amr `Uthmān ibn `Abd al-Raḥmān Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn al-Kurdī al-Shahrazūrī, commonly known as Ibn al-Ṣalāḥ, was a Shafi'i hadith specialist and the author of the seminal Introduction to the...
Ibrahim Al-Mausili Ibrahim Al-Mausili (742–804), a singer, was born of Kurdish or Persian parents settled in Kufa.
Idris Barzani Idris Barzani (1944 – January 31, 1987) was a Kurdish politician in Kurdistan.
Idris Bitlisi Idris Bitlisi (1455 – 15 November 1520), sometimes spelled Idris Bidlisi, Idris-i Bitlisi, or Idris-i Bidlisi ("Idris of Bitlis"), and fully Mevlana Hakimeddin İdris Mevlana ...
Isaac Tutumlu Isaac Tutumlu Lopez (born 5 July 1985) is a Spanish racing driver.
İbrahim Parlak İbrahim Parlak is a Kurdish man who has been accused by the United States Department of Homeland Security of being a former member of the PKK.
Jaff tribe The Jaff people (also Jaaf, Jaf, Caf or جاف).
Jalal Talabani Jalal Talabani (Kurdish: جلال طالباني born 12 November 1933) is the sixth and current President of Iraq, a leading Kurdish politician.
Jalali (Kurds) Jalali (Kurdish: Celalî) are a branch of Kurds who inhabit in Diyadin district in eastern Anatolia as well as in Maku district in northwestern Iran.
Jamal al-Haidari Jamal al-Haidari (جمال الحيدري, died 1963) was an Iraqi communist politician.
Jamil Rostami Jamil Rostami born 1971 in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Iran) is an Iranian film director of Kurdish origin.
Jangir Maddadi Jangir Maddadi, born in Kurdistan in 1979, is an industrial designer living in Kalmar, Sweden and the owner of Jangir Maddadi Design Bureau.
Jawhar Namiq Jawhar Namiq Salm (Salim Sorani) (July 1, 1946 - March 22, 2011), was a political and military leader, philanthropist, writer, peace maker, and first president of the Kurdistan National Assembly.
Kamran Hedayati Kamran Hedayati was an Iranian Kurdish dissident who was assassinated in Sweden in the 1990s.
Karim Khan Karim Khan Zand, also known as Mohammad Karim (کریم خان زند), (c.
Karzan Kader Karzan Kader (born 8 September 1982) is a Kurdish film actor, director, writer.
Kasnazani The Kasnazani order is a Sufi order popular in Iraq and Iran, especially among the Kurds.
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (born 17 December 1948) is a Turkish social democrat politician.
Kermanshahis Kermanshahi refers to Iranian people who live mainly in Kermanshah province.
Khalil al-Zahawi Khalil al-Zahawi was one of Iraq's most prominent calligraphers.
Khurto Hajji Ismail Khurto Hajji Ismail (Xurto Heccî Îsmaîl) is, as of 2007, the current Baba Sheikh or Axtîyarê Mergê Bavê Şêx (religious leader) of the Yazidi Kurdish community of Iraq.
Kurdification Kurdification is a term used to describe a cultural change in which something ethnically non-Kurdish is made to become Kurdish, usually in contexts of post-Saddam Iraq, in particular in relat...
Kurdish Christians Kurdish Christians (Kurdish: Kurdên Xirîstî) are Kurds who follow Christianity.
Kurdish culture Kurdish culture (Kurdish:کولتووری كوردی (Kulturi Kurdi) or çand û toreya kurdî) is a group of distinctive cultural traits practiced by Kurdish people.
Kurdish literature Kurdish literature (in Kurdish: Wêjeya Kurdî) refers to literature written in Kurdish language.
Kurdish nationalism Kurdish nationalism is the political movement that holds that the Kurdish people are a nation deserving of a sovereign homeland, Kurdistan, partitioned out of the territories where Kurdish peopl...
Kurdish PEN Kurdish PEN or The Kurdish Centre of the International PEN is a branch of International PEN. It was voted into existence during International PEN's conference in Cambridge in 1988.
Kurdish people The Kurdish people, or Kurds (کورد, Kurd), are an ethnic group in Western Asia, mostly inhabiting a region known as Kurdistan, which includes adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
Kurdish rebellions According to Turkish military records, Kurdish rebellions have been taking place in Anatolia for over two centuries.
Kurdish women Kurdish women (Kurdish: Jinên/Afiretên Kurd) have traditionally played important roles in Kurdish history, society and politics.
Kurds in Lebanon The Kurds in Lebanon have not received public or official attention except at times when Kurdish youngsters were needed to fight a certain battle for a certain part, or at times when Kurdish vot...
Kurds in Nakhchivan The Kurds in Nakhchivan are mainly found in districts such as Sadarak, Teyvaz, and Sharur.
Kurds in Syria These Kurds consider the region to be Western Kurdistan.
Kurds in Turkey According to some estimates Kurds compose 15.7%-25% and by others 10%-23% of the population in Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye'deki Kürtler, Kurdish: Kurdên li Tirkiye).
Kurds of Khorasan Kurds of Khorasan or Khorasani Kurds (Kurdên Xorasanê, کردهای خراسان) are Kurds native to northeastern Iran, across the Iran-Turkmenistan border.
Lady Adela Lady Adela Jaff or Adela Khanem called the Princess of the Brave by the British, was a famous and cultured chief of the Jaff tribe, one of the biggest Kurdish tribes, if not the biggest, native ...
Latif Yahia Latif Yahia (لطيف يحيى, Laṭīf Yaḥīa) (born) is an Iraqi-born author and former combatant in the Iran-Iraq War.
Leyla Qasim Leyla Qasim (1952 in Xaneqîn - May 12, 1974 in Baghdad) (Southern Kurdish: لەیلا قاسم) was a Kurdish activist against the Iraqi Ba'ath regime who was executed in Baghdad.
Leyla Zana Leyla Zana (born May 3, 1961 in Silvan, Diyarbakır Province), is a Turkish politician of Kurdish descent, who was imprisoned for 10 years for her political activism, which was deemed by the Turk...
Madai Madai (Greek: Μηδος,) is a son of Japheth and one of the 16 grandsons of Noah in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible.
Maha Hassan Maha Hassan is a Syrian-Kurdish journalist and novelist.
Mahmoud el-Meliguy Mahmoud el-Meliguy (محمود المليجي, 22 December 1910 – 6 June 1983) was an Egyptian screenwriter and an actor of film, theatre, and television.
Mahmud Barzanji Sheikh Mahmud Barzanji or Mahmud Barzinji (1878 – October 9, 1956) was the leader of a series of Kurdish uprisings against the British Mandate of Iraq.
Mahmud Bayazidi Mahmud Bayazidi, was a Kurdish polymath from Bayazid in the Ottoman Empire.
Marah Durimeh Marah Durimeh is a fictional character from Karl May's novels around Kara Ben Nemsi.
Mariwan Halabjaee Mariwan Halabjaee ( Herêmî Kurdistan) (born 1 August 1963) is the Iraqi Kurdish author of the book Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam (alternate title: Sex, Legislation and ...
Masoud Barzani Massoud Barzani ( مسعود بارزانی; مسعود بارزاني; born 16 August 1946) is the current President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Mastoureh Ardalan Mah Sharaf Khanom Mastoureh Ardalan or Mastura Ardalan (1805 –1848) was a Kurdish poet and writer.
Mazhar Khaleqi Mazhari Xaliqi is a Iranian singer of Kurdish ancestry, famous for his folklore Kurdish music.
Mazlum Doğan Mazlum Doğan was a member of the Central Committee of the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
Medet Serhat Medet Serhat (1943, Iğdır – 12 December 1994, Istanbul) was a Turkish lawyer of Kurdish descent, from an aristocratic family of Igdir branch of widely spread Retkan tribe.
Mehdi Zana Mehdi Zana (born 1940, Silvan) is a former Kurdish politician from Turkey.
Mehmet Tarhan Mehmet Tarhan (born 1978) was imprisoned for refusing military service in Turkey as a conscientious objector.
Mehrdad Izady Michael Mehrdad R.S.C. Izady (1963–), is a contemporary writer on ethnic and cultural topics, particularly the Greater Middle East, and Kurds.
Mervan Celik Mervan Celik is a Swedish professional football player Kurdish descent His position on the field is winger.
Merzanî Merzani is a Kurdish tribe who lives south of Arbil, in Yediqizler village, and in Merzan (koya) and Herir.
Merziye Feriqi Merziye Feriqi or Marziya Fariqi (1958-2005), was a Kurdish singer.
Mevlana Halid-i Bagdadi Mevlana Halid-i Bagdadi (1777–1826), born in Baghdad, was an influential Ottoman mystic, who is believed by his followers to be capable of time travel.
Meyan Khatun Mira Meyan Khatun or Mayan Khatun (Meyan Xatûn; born.
Milan tribe The Milans are a Kurdish tribe that lives in Kurdistan, the northern regions of West Azarbaijan Province in Iran, around Maku, south of Aras river.
Mir Jafar Dasni Mir Jafar bin Mir Hasan Dasni (الأمير جعفر بن الأمير حسن الداسني), also known as Jafar bin Faharjis (جعفر بن فهرجیس) (– d. 841), was a Yezidi leader who in 838 launched an uprising against...
Misbaholdiwan Adab Misbaholdiwan Adab was the pen name of Kurdish poet Abd-Allah Beg b. Ahmed Beg Babamiri, (1860–1918), also known by his title Misbah al-Diwan.
Misha Aloyan Mikhail Surenovich "Misha" Aloyan (born August 23, 1988 in Karmravan, Armenia) is an Yazidi amateur flyweight boxer who fights for Russia.
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf (محمدباقر قالیباف, born August 23, 1961 in Torghabeh, near Mashhad) is the current Mayor of Tehran, Iran.
Mohammad Ghazi Mohammad Ghazi Najafabadi (محمد قاضی نجفآبادی; born December 30, 1984) is an Iranian Football striker who currently plays for Esteghlal in Iran's Premier Football League.
Mohammad Mamle Muhammad Mamle (محمد ماملی, Mihemedî Mamlê, 1925 - January 13, 1999) was an Kurdish musician and singer.
Mohammad Mokri Mohammad Mokri was an Iranian scholar and author born in Kermanshah.
Moshe Barazani Moshe Barazani, also Barzani (June 20, 1928 – April 21, 1947), was an Iraqi Kurdish Jew and a member of Lehi ("Freedom Fighters of Israel," aka the "Stern Gang").
Mosleh Zamani Mosleh Zamani (also referred to as Moslah Zamani) was a 23-year old Iranian Kurd who was executed on December 17, 2009 for having an "illicit relationship with his girlfriend" when he was ...
Motikan Motikan is a Kurdish clan inhabiting geographical areas that the indigenous tribes of the region consider the Mutki region of Bitlis in Northern Kurdistan or southeast Turkey, as well as the Mut...
Muhamad Salih Dilan Dilan (in Kurdish: محهمهد ساڵح دیلان) is regarded as one of the most influential Kurdish Poets and one of the greatest maqam singers of his time.
Mulla Effendi Mulla Abu Bakr Effendi, also Mulla Effendi (also spelled Mala Fandi), (Mele Fendî) (ملا أفندي) also Abu Bakr IIII or Küçük Mulla (1863 - December 31, 1942) was a senior Kurdish Musl...
Musa Anter Musa Anter (1920, Nusaybin – September 20, 1992, Diyarbakır), also known as "Ape Musa" (Apê Musa, literally "Uncle Musa"), was a Kurdish-Turkish dissident writer and activist.
Mustafa Barzani Mustafa Barzani (Mistefa Barzanî) (March 14, 1903 – March 1, 1979) also known as Mullah Mustafa was a Kurdish nationalist leader, and the most prominent political figure in modern Ku...
Muzuri Kurds Muzuri (also Missuri or Musri, Missouri, and other similar spellings), is name of a Kurdish group, inhabiting the northernmost areas of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Nadir Nadirov Nadir Nadirov,, is a Kurdish academic and scientist from Kazakhstan.
Nado Makhmudov Nado Makhmudov was a famous Armenian-born Kurdish writer and public figure.
Nahla Hussain al-Shaly Nahla Hussain al-Shaly was a promoter of women's rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the leader of the Kurdistan Women's League, the women's wing of the Kurdistan Communist Party.
Najm ad-Din Ayyub al-Malik al-Afdal Najm ad-Din Ayyub ibn Shadhi ibn Marwan (Arabic: الملك ألأفضل نجم الدين أيوب بن شاﺬي بن مروان)) (died August 9, 1173) was a Kurdish soldier and politician from Dvin, and the fa...
Najmadin Shukr Rauf Najmadin Shukr Rauf or Mama Risha (Kurdish: مامه ڕیشه meaning Bearded Uncle) (1957 – January 25, 1985), was a prominent member of the Peshmerga, in northern Iraq during the Kurdish p...
Nasser Sina Nasser Sina, born in Mahabad August 1 (1962-), is a Kurdish veteran and journalist in Sveriges Radio (Swedish public service radio).
Nawshirwan Mistefa Nawshirwan Mustafa (Newşîrwan Mistefa) (born 1944) in Sulaymaniyah Kurdistan is the chairman of the Movement for Change and the leader of the official opposition in the Kurdistan Region.
Nechervan Idris Barzani Nechirvan Idris Barzani (نێچیرڤان بهرزانی), or Nêçîrvan Îdrîs Barzanî) (born 21 September 1966) is the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Nezami Ganjavi Nezāmi-ye Ganjavi, Nizami Ganje'i, Nizami, or Nezāmi, whose formal name was Niẓām ad-Dīn Abū Muḥammad Ilyās ibn-Yūsuf ibn-Zakkī , is considered the greatest romantic epic ...
Nizamettin Ariç Nizamettin Ariç, Nîzamettîn Arîç, (1956-) is a contemporary Kurdish singer, composer and director.
Nizamettin Tas Nizamettin Tas (born 1961), also known as Botan Rojhilat , was one of the oldest and military commanders of the PKK. He was born in Varto, Turkey and joined the PKK in 1986 and became the ...
Nizami Ganjavi Nezāmi-ye Ganjavi (نظامی گنجوی; Nîzamî Gencewî, نیزامی گهنجهوی; Nizami Gəncəvi, نظامی گنجوی ; 1141 to 1209), Nizami Ganje'i, Nizami, or Nezāmi (نظامی), whose formal name wa...
Oveis Kordjahan Oveis Kordjahan is an Iranian footballer who plays for PAS Hamedan in the Azadegan League.
Qashqai people Qashqai are mixed clans of different ethnic origins, including Persian, Lori, Kurdish, Arab and Turkic.
Qazi Muhammad Qazi Muhammad (Kurdish قازی محمد or Qazî Mihemmed) (1893–1947) was a Kurdish leader and the Head of the Republic of Kurdistan (Republic of Mahabad), the second modern Kurdish state in the Middle...
Rahim Rostami Rahim Rostami (born 16 June 1991 in Narest) is an Iran-born asylum seeker who became known to the public in Norway via national TV station NRK in the investigative journalism "NRK Brennpunkt" pr...
Rauf Hassan Rauf Hassan is a renowned Kurdish writer who was born in 1945 in the city of Sulaymaniyah in the Iraqi Kurdistan.
Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman was the replacement chief judge of the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal's Al-Dujail trial of Saddam Hussein in 2006.
Reşo Zîlan Reşo Zîlan (1947 Turkey - ) is a contemporary Swedish writer, translator and linguist of Kurdish origin.
Rizgar Mohammed Amin Rizgar Mohammed Amin (رزكار محمد أمين) (born 1958) is the former chief judge of the Iraqi Special Tribunal's Al-Dujail trial.
Rohat Alakom Rohat Alakom,, is an Kurdish author from north Kurdistan who writes his books in Kurdish, Turkish and Swedish.
Rojan (musician) Rojan (Born in Sanandaj, Iran) is an Kurdish classical vocalist who performs Persian and Kurdish music.
Saad Eskander Saad Eskander is a contemporary Kurdish academic and researcher.
Safi-ad-din Ardabili Sheikh Safi-ad-din Is'haq Ardabili (of Ardabil) (1252–1334) (شیخ صفیالدین اردبیلی), was the Kurdish eponym of the Safavid dynasty, and the spiritual heir and son in law of the great Sufi Mur...
Said Nursî Said Nursî (; 1877 – 23 March 1960), commonly known as Bediüzzaman (Badi' al-Zaman), was a Sunni Muslim theologian.
Said Pasha Kurd Said Pasha Kurd (1834-20 October 1907), Kurdish statesman in Ottoman Empire, son of Hussein Pasha and father of Şerif Pasha, was born in Suleimani.
Sakhr Abu l-Barakat Shaykh Sakhr Abū l-Barakat, a descendant of Umayyad Caliph Marwan ibn al-Hakam, was the nephew and successor of ‘Adī ibn Musāfir al-Umawī, around whom an order of Ṣūfīs, the ‘Adawiyya, had f...
Saladin صلاح الدين يوسف بن أيوب; سهلاحهدین ئهیوبی , Selahedînê Eyûbî; صلاح الدين أيوبی; Selahattin Eyyubi (1137/1138 – March 4, 1193), better known in the Western world as Saladin, was ...
Salih Mirzabeyoglu Salih Mirzabeyoglu (real name Salih İzzet Erdiş, born 1950, in Eskisehir) is a fundamentalist idealogue and alleged leader of the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front (IBDA-C), an militant Islam...
Salîm Abdul-Rehman Begi Saheb-Qiran (Kurdish: عەبدول ڕەحمان بەگی ساحێب قڕان) Famous by his pseudonym as Salim, (Kurdish Latin:Salîm), (Kurdish: سالم) was born in 1800 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan,...
Seyid Riza Seyid Riza (also called as Seyit Rıza in Turkish; Sey Riza or Pîr Sey Riza in Zazaki), was born in 1863 in Lirtik, a village in Dersim (is now officially called as Tunceli).
Shabankara Shabankareh was the name of an ancient tribal federation in the southern Zagros.
Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi "Shahāb ad-Dīn" Yahya ibn Habash as-Suhrawardī (شهابالدین سهروردی, also known as Sohrevardi) was a Kurdish Persian philosopher, a Sufi and founder of the Illumination...
Shahram Nazeri Shahram Nazeri (شهرام ناظری) is a contemporary Iranian tenor who sings classical Iranian music from Kermanshah.
Shakaki dialect Shakaki (in Kurdish: Şikakî) is a sub-dialect of Kurmanji Kurdish and is spoken in a parts of Kurdish regions in Iran and Iraq, especially in Badinan region in Iraqi Kurdistan and amon...
Sharaf Khan Bidlisi Sharaf Khan Bidlisi or Sharaf al-Din Bitlisi (Kurdish: شەرەفخانی بەدلیسی, Şerefxanê Bedlîsî; شرفخان بدلیسی) was a medieval Kurdish emir and a politician from the Emirate of Bitlis.
Sheik Ubeydullah Sheik Ubeydullah (d. 1883) (Kurdish: Şêx Ubeydullayê Şemdinan, شێخ وبهيدوڵاي شهمدنان), also known as Sayyid Ubeydullah, was the leader of the first modern Kurdish nationalist struggle.
Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir Shaykh ‘Adī ibn Musāfir al-Umawī (عدي بن مسافر الاموي; Şêx Adî died 1162), a descendant of Umayyad Caliph Marwan ibn al-Hakam, was born in the 1070s in the Beqaa Valley of present-day Lebanon.
Sulaiman Shah Shahab al Din Sulaiman shah, (شهاب الدین سلیمان شاه, Şehabeddin Suleyman Şah, d. February 1258 AD), was governor of Kurdistan and an Abbasid officer who was later promoted to commander in chief ...
Suleiman Qassab Suleiman Qassab was a fighter in the Kurdish resistance during the 1970s.
Sultan Kösen Sultan Kösen (born 10 December 1982 in Mardin) is a Kurdish farmer who holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at.
Sultan Sahak Sultan Sahak, or Soltân Sahak was a Kurdish religious leader who founded spiritual path of the Ahl-e Haqq, also known as the Yârsân.
Taaeb Imam Taeb Ahmed Muhammad Hasan Husien Ismael was a Kurdish religious figure of the early 1920s to the mid-1970s.
Taha Yassin Ramadan Taha Yasin Ramadan al-Jizrawi (22 February 1938 – 20 March 2007) (طه ياسين رمضان الجزراوي) was a prominent Iraqi Kurd, serving as Vice President of Iraq from March 1991 to the fall of Sadd...
Theophobos Theophobos or Theophobus (Θεόφοβος), originally Nasir, Nasr, or Nusayr, was a Kurdish commander who converted to Christianity and entered Byzantine service under Emperor ...
Walid Yunis Ahmad Walid Yunis Ahmad (Kurdish: وهلید یونس ئهحمهد, Walid Yunis Ahmad) (born in Zakho) is an Iraqi television journalist who was detained without trial for 11 years after his arrest in Erbil, the ...
Wansa Mira Khatun Wansa, Wansa Ismail el-Amawy or simply Wansa (born 1917 in Tikrit) was a Yazidi princess.
Wekîl Mustafayev Wekîl Mustafayev (born 1938 in the Osh Province, Kyrgyzstan) was the ex-Prime Minister of the proclaimed and short-lived Lachin Kurdish Republic during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, before being exi...
Yassin M. Aref Yassin M. Aref is a resident of Albany, New York, who was arrested by Federal authorities in August 2004 as part of a counter-terrorism sting operation, convicted in October 2006 of conspiring t...
Yazidi The Yazidi (also Yezidi, : ئێزیدی or Êzidî) are an ethno-religious community, the majority of whom are related to the Kurds, and who represent an ancient religion that is linked to Zor...
Yazidi Black Book The Yazidi Black Book (Mishefa Reş) is one of the two holy books of the Yazidi religion, the other being the Book of Revelation (Kitêba Cilwe).
Yazidi Book of Revelation The Yazidi Book of Revelation (Kitêba Cilwe in Kurdish; also transliterated as Kitab Al Jilwah) is one of the two holy books of the Yazidi religion, the other being the Yazidi Black Book...
Yaşar Kemal Yaşar Kemal, (born Kemal Sadık Gökçeli 1923) is a Turkish writer of Kurdish origin.
Yitzhak Mordechai Yitzhak Mordechai (יצחק מרדכי, born 22 November 1944) is an Israeli former general and politician.
Yosef Shiloach Yosef Shiloach (יוסף שילוח; July 9, 1941 – January 3, 2011) was an Israeli actor of Kurdish-Jewish origin.
Yılmaz Güney Yılmaz Güney (born Yılmaz Pütün, 1 April 1937 – 9 September 1984) was a Turkish film director, scenarist, novelist and actor of Kurdish descent.
Zakarid-Mkhargrzeli The Zakarids (Զաքարյաններ, Zak'aryanner), also known by their Georgian language moniker as Mkhargrdzeli (მხარგრძელი), were a noble Armenian–Georgian dynasty of Kurdish (possibly Yazidi) origin.
Zara (Turkish singer) Zara (born Neşe Yılmaz, current real name: Neşe Zara Yılmaz, January 15, İstanbul,1976) is a popular Turkish folk singer and actress.
Zaro Aga Zaro Aga (Zaro Ağa, Zaro Axa), claimed as 1774 or 1777; Mutki, Ottoman Empire - 29 June 1934; Istanbul, Turkey), allegedly aged 157 when he died, is claimed to be one of the longest-living human...
Zebari Kurds Zebari also spelled as Zibari, Zubari, Kurdish: Zêbarî is name of a large Kurdish group in northernmost part of Iraqi Kurdistan close to the area where Barzani and Muzuri (Missuri or M...
Zeynab Jalaliyan Zeynab Jalalian, born 1982 in Maku, is an Iranian Kurdish, often wrongly described as a political activist.
Ziya Gökalp Ziya Gökalp was a Turkish sociologist, writer, poet, and political activist.
Zuhal Demir Zuhal Demir (born 2 March 1980 in Genk) is a Belgian lawyer and politician affiliated to the N-VA. Demir was elected as a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in 2010.
Zübeyir Aydar Zübeyir Aydar (born 1961) is a Kurdish politician and President of the Kongra-Gel (People's Congress of Kurdistan), which is the parliament of the Koma Civakên Kurdistan (KCK), making him the de...
Özlem Cekic Özlem Sara Cekic (May 7, 1976) is a Danish politician, member of parliament for the Socialist People's Party (SF).
Şehrîbana Kurdî Şehrîbana Kurdî,, is a singer from Turkey of Kurdish origin.
Şerif Pasha Mohammed Serif Pasha (1865, Üsküdar, Istanbul - December 22, 1951; Catanzaro, Italy), was an Ottoman diplomat.
Şivan Perwer Şivan Perwer (pron: Shivân Parwar) (born on September 23, 1955 in Turkey) is a Kurdish poet, writer, musical teacher, singer, and performer on the tembûr (lute).