Sabri Ates wins NEH grant to study historic pursuit of a Kurdish state

Tower Center Associate Sabri Ates was one of two SMU professors awarded National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship grants.

Ates, associate professor in the Clements Department of History, is using the grant to write Sheikh Abdulqadir Nehri (d. 1925) and the Pursuit of an Independent Kurdistan. The book explores the quest for a Kurdish state from 1880-1925.

“With the support of NEH, I hope to answer one of the enduring questions of the contemporary Middle East: The Kurdish statelessness,” Ates said in a release.

Zachary Wallmark, assistant professor and chair of music history at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, was also awarded a grant.

Read the full press release here.