Hussain Jummo is a Syrian Kurdish writer and the deputy head of the foreign desk at Al Bayan newspaper in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of two books, “The Armed Takaya: The Political History of the Kurdish Naqashbandi Order,” and “Anbar: From the Pasture Wars to the Silk Road,” and numerous studies about Kurdish, Turkish, and Iraqi affairs.
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Even though Kurds produced many legends in Islamic history, like Saladin, contemporary Kurds invoke folkloric figures and battles. The central role of these legends explains the secularism of Kurdish resistance and why Islamism has not gained ground among Kurds today