Culture Project

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Name: culture P
Date registered: 09/01/2016


Kurdish Culture Project, Culture, Enlightenment, Gender AwarenessTransnational cultural platform for non-conformist, non-conventional ideas

Latest posts

  1. Profile of an Artist: Hiwa K — 04/14/2017
  2. Defending Progressivism conference in London — 04/12/2017
  3. Houzan Mahmoud wins Emma Humphry’s Memorial Prize Award — 04/12/2017
  4. The Portrait of an Imprisoned Artist: Defending Zehra Doğan & Artist Expression — 04/02/2017
  5. Book launch for Bakhtiyar Ali in London — 03/26/2017

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Dec 03

Feminist art presentation at a traditional tea house in Kurdistan

Rozhgar Mustafa is not only an artist, but a feminist and a conceptual artist, whose vision of the world is one in which women are accepted as equal human beings. Through her art she conveys important messages about the status of women in Kurdish society. One of her recent art projects amongst other things, capture …

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Dec 02

Houzan Mahmoud in an interview for Conatus News

Benedict Nicholson from Conatus News, is joined by Houzan Mahmoud to discuss Kurdistan, Syria, and Shariah Houzan is a Kurdish women’s rights and anti-war activist born in Iraqi Kurdistan. Houzan has led an international campaign against Sharia law and oppression of women in Iraq. Her articles have been published in The Guardian and The Independent. …

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Nov 22

What are Masculinities?

By Bakhtiar Rasheed Simone de Beauvoir in a distinguished sentence claims: “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” (P. 295). Based on the same analogy one could also say, “Man is not born masculine, but becomes one” – meaning that, as Beynon rightly notes: “if ‘maleness’ is biological, then masculinity is cultural” (Beynon, …

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Nov 20

Culture Project’s Female photo project at the oldest traditional tea house in Kurdistan

Gendering public spaces On the 19th of September 2016, two of us – the cofounders of Culture Project: Houzan Mahmoud and Ismail Hamamin – visited Kurdistan to meet people and find a publishing house to get a deal for publishing our Culture Magazine in the near future. On our trip we met various activists and …

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Nov 17

Can the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Cry?

by Fazil and Hawar Moradi Any attempt to link the past of the Kurds in Iraq to their future depends on whether the president of the Kurdistan Region can cry. This is not to say that the president should not make speeches, as speeches are required of presidents today and the inability to cry is …

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Nov 17

Public Seminar on Secularism, Freedom of women and LGBTQ rights

UCLU Kurdish Society and Culture Project Present: An evening of discussion with activists and experts debating women and LGBTQ rights under Islam. They will be debating why they are struggling for a just, secular and egalitarian world. In addition to why they believe in critiquing and rejecting religious and conventional gender norms and relations. Date: …

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Nov 14

Kurdish Diaspora Online: From Imagined Community to Managing Communities

Jowan Mahmod Ph.D. in Media and Communications Online activities among Kurdish diasporas demonstrate that new technology and transnational activities have strong implications for different articulations of identity and belongingness, which are challenging the imagined community. The argument offered in this book is that a triangulated set of processes—diaspora, transnationalism, and new technology—has created a momentum …

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Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and access to Justice

Culture Project, The Centre for Kurdish Progress, Law for All, Centre for Secular Space, Southhall Black Sisters, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and British Muslims for Secular Democracy organised a public forum on 7 November 2016 in the House of Commons on (Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and access to Justice).

Joan Ryan MP for Enfield North kindly hosted this event and opened the discussion. This event was chaired by Raife Aytek, Director of the Centre for Kurdish Progress.

Speakers were Houzan Mahmoud, Maryam Namazie, Dr. Savin Bapir-Tardy, Yasmin Rehman, ‘Gina Khan, Pragna Patel and Gita Sahgal.

Video courtesy of Centre for Kurdish Progress


Nov 09

Report from the seminar on Sharia Councils hosted at the UK Parliament

The Culture Project in cooperation with the Centre for Kurdish Progress, One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and Muslims for Secular Democracy organised a seminar on the 7th of November 2016  on (Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice). The Seminar was opened …

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Nov 05

Mosul And The Plight Of Women

Houzan Mahmoud For the past two years since the taking over of Mosul by ISIS terrorists, people in the region have been anticipating the recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State. To see this city and the entire region cleared from ISIS is what we all want. The grim reality and the aftermath of this …

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Nov 03

The battle for Mosul as a project of  the “rational planners” 

By Ismail Hamalaw The battle for Mosul has begun and with it has grown huge expectations to the new imaginary changes in the region. I read a great deal of literature about what the future would look like in Iraq  and Syria and how all those ethnicities, nationalities and religious groups will deal with the …

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Nov 03

Kurds and Turks are at the edge of a cliff

Ayla Akat, women’s rights activist, has for many years sought a political solution to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict while defending the rights of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. She has been arrested. Interview. Ayla Akat, lawyer, former Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP for Batman, KJA Spokesperson and prominent Kurdish women’s rights activists based in Diyarbakir …

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Nov 02

The Hassar and the Dogs of my Father

Zhiwar Jawhar The Hassar and the Dogs of my Father is a well-known Kurdish novel by Sherzad Hassan, written in 1996 and translated into Persian and Swedish. Its overarching themes are dictatorship and patriarchy, particularly focusing on Kurdish society – themes that are, however, relevant everywhere, freedom is curtailed and women are subordinated to men. …

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Nov 02

Public Seminar at UK Parliament on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice

Date: 7 November 2016 Time: 7-9 pm Venue: Committee Room 9 House of Commons, Westminster London SW1A 0AA Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice is hosted by several organisations and activists to debate and express their concerns about the increasing state recognition and promotion of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums such as Sharia councils …

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Oct 27


HARD BALL PRESS – Publishing Working Class Stories BOOK PARTY & DISCUSSION Dr. Hiva Panahi Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1-4 pm 256 W. 38th St., UAW Conference Rooms, Manhattan ALL ARE WELCOME REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED RSVP:, 917-428-1352 Foreign Land The heart became a museum The only one who comes to visit Is loneliness …

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Oct 19

Rusty Razorblades and State of the Art Cameras: in search of human rights ‘for Kurdish Girls?’

Dr. Sandra M. Phelps Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney Rusty Razorblades and State of the Art Cameras: in search of human rights ‘for Kurdish Girls?’ Abstract On December 29th 2008 the Washington Post published an article entitled “For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual”. Disseminated globally on the newspaper’s website, the article …

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