Kurdisch-Deutsches Wörterbuch (Northern Kurdish/Kurmancî)

  • ISBN: 978-3-932574-24-5
  • Autor: Feryad Fazil Omar
  • Preis: 59,90 €
  • Sprachen: Northern Kurdish (Kurmancî), German
  • alte ISBN: 978-3-932574-06-1
  • Auflage: 3rd ed. 2016, 736 p.



When this dictionary was published, there had never been anything comparable: a dictionary that gathers on 736 pages about 35,000 Kurdish words in Latin-Kurdish as well as in Arabic-Kurdish script with more than 120,000 explanations of words. There is still no comparable work in the German-speaking or anywhere in Europe. In more than ten years of linguistic research, Feryad Fazil Omar has collected and systematized a vocabulary from classical as well as modern Kurdish literature from all accessible text types. He has also carried out extensive field studies in the entire Kurmancî language area, taking into account both written and colloquial language, thus building a bridge between a European language and Kurdish that did not exist before.


For the Kurds in Germany – the majority of them Kurmancî speakers from Turkey – this dictionary can be an important aid in preserving their linguistic identity. It opens up access to German without the detour via Turkish, Arabic, or Persian. Incidentally, when it was first published, it was also the first step towards countering the ban on the Kurdish language and culture that had been enforced in Turkey for decades and which had an effect in the Federal Republic, as well, through administrative practice and official cultural policy. Last but not least, the dictionary gives the Kurdish learner a valuable tool because of the conclusively regulated transcription.


With this comprehensive dictionary, the Kurdish linguist and literary scholar Feryad Fazil Omar presented the basis for future research by the Oriental Institutes and thus created the long-desired link to the first scientific research on Kurdish in the 19th century.