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Children of the Jinn

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Children of the Jinn: In search of the Kurds and Their Country, by Margaret Kahn, was published by Seaview Books in 1980. It deals with the author's experiences in Northwest Iran in 1974-75 where she was teaching ESL at Rezaiyeh Agricultural College and conducting research on Kurmanji, the northern dialect branch of Kurdish. The book discusses the history, culture, and language of the Kurds. In addition, it documents the situation on the ground the first time the American government gave guarantees to Kurdish pesh merga and then reneged on them. Kahn gave particular consideration in her book to the situation of Kurdish women. The book garnered favorable reviews in the press of the time. Jonathan Raban, reviewing the book for The Sunday Times wrote,”No one has written as graphically or as poignantly of the real tragedy of Iran”...Margaret Kahn makes one feel the desperate personal and political climate of the place on one's own nerve-ends.[1][2] Seaview Books also brought out a paperback version under their “Wideview” imprint. In addition, the book was purchased by Sidgwick and Jackson and published in England during the same year. The second chapter of the book was excerpted in SELF magazine.[3] Several excerpts also appeared in GLOBAL INSIGHTS, a widely distributed high school text.[4] The book is cited in a number of scholarly works.[5][6][7][8] In the late 1990s, Children of the Jinn was translated without the author's permission by a publisher in Turkey. The resultant copies were then confiscated by the Turkish government in 2000 which alleged it promoted a “separatist agenda.”[9] In 2020, the book was re-edited with new supporting materials and re-issued with the title Children of the Jinn: The Story of My Search for the Kurds and Their Country under the imprint of Pearlnote Press. Shahrzad Mojab cites the release of a new edition of Margaret Kahn's “influential book” Children of the Jinn in her 2021 book Women of Kurdistan.[10]


  1. Raban, Jonathan (March 15, 1981). "East Avoids West: the Elusive Kurds". The Sunday Times.
  2. "Book Reviews, Sites, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction". Kirkus Reviews.
  3. Kahn, Margaret (August 1980). "A Fast Muslim Woman" (GOOD READS). SELF.
  4. Global Insights: People & Cultures. Merrill Publishing Company. 1986. Search this book on
  5. Gunter, Michael (1990). "The Kurds in Turkey: A Political Dilemma 9780367293437". Westview Studies on the Middle East.
  6. "Language Log: Banned in Iran". December 11, 2007.
  7. "Proceedings Of The Third Annual Kurdish National Congress Conference" (PDF). Proceedings of the Third Annual Kurdish National Congress Conference. August 4–5, 1990.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  8. Takahashi, Kazuo (1987). "クルドと中東の国際関係". 国際政治. 1987 (86): 68–82, L9. doi:10.11375/kokusaiseiji1957.86_68.
  9. Country Report on Human Rights Practices - 2002. U.S. Department of State Archive. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. March 31, 2003. Search this book on
  10. Mojab, Shahrzad; Hassanpour, Amir (2021-04-19). Women of Kurdistan: A Historical and Bibliographic Study. Transnational Press London. ISBN 978-1-80135-032-7. Search this book on

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