Kurdish languages and peoples

Kurdish
The Kurdish people's homeland lies in a region covering parts of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. There is no single Kurdish language, but rather there are several distinct Kurdish languages.

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Kurmanji Kurdish. Kurmanji is a variety of Northern Kurdish spoken in parts of northern Syria, and much of eastern Turkey.
The New Testament and Psalms (with audio) are available either from Mizgîniya Kurdî,  or from the YouVersion Bible app. On YouTube there is the Joseph Story, and the Prophets’ Story, a presentation of the Gospel using stories from the whole Bible. Also available are the Jesus Film and Magdalena , and dramatized audio Bible Stories.


Behdini Kurdish. Behdini is another variety of Northern Kurdish, spoken around Dahuk in northern Iraq.
The four Gospels, Acts and Proverbs can be downloaded as pdfs from the Kitebi Piroz website.


Sorani Kurdish. Central Kurdish, also known as Sorani, is spoken in north-eastern Iraq, including the towns of Kirkuk, Irbil and Sulaymaniyah.
The New Testament and Psalms are available as audio or text from the Kitebi Piroz website.


Southern Kurdish. Southern Kurdish is spoken in eastern central Iraq, close to the border with Iran. It is also known as Kurmanshah.
There are currently no Scriptures or Bible stories available in Southern Kurdish.

 

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