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A Small Key Can Open a Large Door: The Rojava Revolution

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The world watched in horror last autumn as the ruthless Islamic State (commonly referred to as ISIS) marched on the small city of Kobane in northern Syria. No one expected the city to survive the attack. But it did. Mixed-gender militias with small arms held one of the most feared armies in the world at bay. The smoke cleared, and Kobane still stood.

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Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness
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Rodolfo
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and very readable collection of essays summarizing what's going on in Rojava. While all of these are written from a very sympathetic stand, it is unavoidable to not feel sympathetic for these people, holding out against both Nato-backed Turkey and ISIS, while also confronting Assad (on more peaceful terms). The essays give a good overview of what's going on in Rojava, and how it's system is working- while also presenting some criticism from inside. A truly remarkable system, only eq ...more
Jacob Wren
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From an interview with Dr. Ahmet Yusuf:

The world experienced a revolution in 1492. In 1498 it experienced another. The results were hardly beneficial but they have come to be remembered as revolutions. Let us accept them and assess them as such. In 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas. In 1498 Vasco da Gama was exploring Africa and passing behind Africa was able to reach India. Following these two encounters a period of savagery and oppression begins on earth. The wealth of the loc
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Dan Meier
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a must read for anyone interested in what's going on in Syria. The brave men and women of Rojava are doing something not seen since the Spanish civil war, forming a non-state, egalitarian structured society. All of this in the midst of a civil war fighting off the Syrian dictator Assad, the Fascist/Islamist ISIS forces, and the Western backed Turkish government.
a.h.s. boy
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction to what's happening in Northern Syria right now. Opens with a quick but filling history of the Kurds as pawns in global geopolitical chess. And then unfolds with first-person accounts of how Rojava has launched one of the most inspiring "anti-nationalist" social movements in the world.

Highly recommended as a starter text.
Jeffrey Milloy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
Fluff. There is just too much that is stated without any argument or evidence, too much oversimplification of the parties involved, their motivations, and the solutions. The essays read like summaries of actual content that never comes. The interviews are better.
Ethan
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Very good introduction/overview of the revolution in rojava, told through essays, letters and statements written by activists, politicians and citizens.
Kriegslok
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This short compact book is a good introductory read for anyone wanting an overview of what the Rojava Revolution (or more widely the Kurdish Question) is all about. A comprehensive introduction gives a good introduction to the historical situation of the Kurds before more specifically giving a potted history of how Rojava emerged from the meltdown of Syria and the rise of Islamist terror in the region. As the write says the Kurds have historically been pawns in other players games (something tha ...more
Juan Manuel
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anarchy, nonfiction, kurds
Closing this year in books with a little anthology that is a jewel in itself.
I confess I was very ignorant about the struggle of the Kurdish people. It was this small book that opened that huge door for me. What is happening in Rojava sounds like a real revolution, where new systems of organisation are being implemented, tested, experienced and improved as needed.
The whole world needs to know how this region has been torn with war, and in the middle of it all, the Kurdish people and
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Sugarpunksattack Mick
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Small Key Can Open A Large Door is the quintessential introduction to the Rojava Revolution. The first section is written by some of the editors and is an excellent crash course into the history of the region covering major events and some of the basic facets of the revolution. The rest of the book is divided into short essays written by various people involved one way or another in the ongoing struggle followed by an appendices covering the constitution of Rojava Cantons, timeline, and a lexi ...more
sarinrabbit
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great resource for a brief understanding of Rojava and the ideologies and people like Murray Bookchin and Abdullah Öcalan that influenced it. Not much of an historical text if you’re looking for one, although there is a rough timeline related to Kurdistan in general towards the end. The Constitution of the (3) Rojava Cantons is included. Truly a misunderstood and underreported region of the world, even during periods when heavy attention has been directed towards the Syrian civil war.
Rue
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book as a collection of documents and manifestos of the Rojava community was an interesting approach to publishing, but not rewriting the mission of Rojava as a representation of the Kurdish independence movement. It left me excited and curious to know more about the personal and social effects of this project though. Was overall a great foundation/introduction.
Bradley
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book, but by no means is it an in-depth analysis. A compilation of articles that people have probably already read if they were interested in the topic. But I would definitely recommend for an introduction.
Keith
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

While short, this is nice and informative. I enjoyed it a lot. If you want a primer of what Rojava is all about, here it is.
Víctor Paredes
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
El libro es chiquitito y un poco superficial, pero la cosa está bien interesante.
Redpoet
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent little book...read it...
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