Extremely valuable artifacts relating to the language, literature, folklore, history and ethnography of the Kurds from the year 1930 onwards are kept in the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts, in Georgia. The majority of the materials are presented in hand-written form, in Kurdish, Russian and Armenian languages. Kurdish manuscripts are written in the northern dialect of Kurdish language -Kurmanji. The Kurdish materials are stored in the archives of the aforementioned Centre by the ROS foundation.
Unfortunately the Kurdish materials that are being kept in the archives of the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts remain unknown and unavailable to anyone but a small group of Kurdish specialists. And this is despite the growing international scientific and public interest in the Kurdish peoples, their history and culture.
We consider it important to underline the fact that the Kurdish materials gathered by the archives of the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts contain national creativity, and national - liberation movement throughout separate stages of their history...
On June 24, 2019, at the Near Eastern Seminar organized by the Section of Near Eastern Studies, IOM RAS, Prof of the University of Michigan A.D. Knysh will submit his presentation Sufism and Quran: Evolution of Sufi Exegesis.