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Jaffer Sheyholislami

Jaffer Sheyholislami is an Assistant Professor at the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Sheyholislami grew up in and around the town of Mahabad located in Iranian Kurdistan. Having done his elementary and secondary schooling in Persian prescribed as the only language of instruction in Iran Sheyholislami did not see his mother tongue, Kurdish, in print until he was about sixteen. Before leaving Iran, he worked in clandestine media of both Iranian and Iraqi Kurds in addition to the state-owned radio and television stations in Iran. Towards the end of the Iran-Iraq war, in the hope of reaching a safe haven in the West, he walked hundreds of kilometers over rugged mountains from near the town of Urumia in Iran to the villages around Gever (Yuksekova) in Turkey where the Kurdish language was banned.


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Kurdish Identity, Discourse, and New Media

Palgrave Macmillan
Informed by the interdisciplinary approach of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and theories of identity, nation, and media, the study investigates the ways...
Jaffer Sheyholislami

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