Sabri Ates

2015 - 2016 Writing Fellow

In the Name of the Nation and the Caliph: The Sheik Ubeidullah Rebellion of 1880

Sabri Ates, Associate Professor of History in the William P. Clements Department of History at SMU is completing a manuscript on the first Kurdish revolt, its attempt to establish a Kurdish nation-state, and its aftermath. The revolt started in the last months of 1880, when tens of thousands of Iranian and Ottoman Kurds marched on northwestern Iran, and ended in failure in early 1881. By writing a history of this revolt, Dr. Ates aims to answer the question of how the Kurds responded to the age of nationalism, and ultimately failed, only to be described as the world’s largest ethnic group without a state.