First, the Kurdish areas overlap nation-state borders: They thus acquire significance for “national security” and are vulnerable to interference and manipulation by regional and international powers.
Second, the Kurdish regions of these countries are usually the poorest, least developed areas, systematically marginalized by the centers of economic power.
According to the English Orientalist Godfrey Rolles Driver, the term Kurd is related to the Sumerian Karda which was found from Sumerian clay tablets of the third millennium B.
C, while according to other scholars, it predates the Islamic period, as a Middle Persian word for "nomad", and may ultimately be derived from an ancient toponym or tribal name, either that of the Cyrtii or of Corduene.
Kurdish scholar Mehrdad Izady argues that any nomadic groups called kurd in medieval Arabic are "bona fide ethnic Kurds", and that it is conversely the non-Kurdish groups descended from them who have "acquired separate ethnic identities since the end of the medieval period".
Sherefxan Bidlisi in the 16th century states that there are four division of "Kurds": Kurmanj, Lur, Kalhor and Guran, each of which speak a different dialect or language variation.
You will never go hungry or sleep on the streets in Kurdistan.
At the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Kurds set up camps for the incoming refugees.
The name would be continued in classical antiquity as the first element in the toponym Corduene, and its inhabitants, mentioned by Xenophon as the tribe of the Carduchoi who opposed the retreat of the Ten Thousand through the mountains north of Mesopotamia in the 4th century BC.
This view is supported by some recent academic sources which have considered Corduene as proto-Kurdish region.
They are wary of Westerners and their cultural differences, which threaten to subvert Kurdish traditions.
Kurdistan is one of the fastest-developing and increasingly diverse places in the Middle East, but Kurds are highly aware of preserving their culture, and thus they keep foreign cultures at a distance.
The Kurds as an ethnicity within the Northwestern Iranian group enter the historical record at the end of the seventh century.