Robbery, Blood Feud, and Gunpowder in Nestorian Community

Murat Gokhan Dalyan


The Nestorians acquired combative character due to features of region where they lived and struggle with their Kurdish neighbours. Inaccessibility of the valleys they lived in reinforced their self-confidence and in consequence of that they robbed all the foreign people especially Kurds and Catholic missionaries who intruded into their territory without permission.
The Nestorians were interested in weapons and adult men had a curved dagger that was thought to be a national weapon. Among the Nestorian tribes, blood feuds occasionally took place due to various reasons and killings occurred. Tribes in the blood feud did not hesitate to make alliance with their Kurdish neighbour in order to defeat the each other.

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