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Bitlis

(bĭtlĭs`), city (1990 pop. 38,130), capital of Bitlis prov., E Turkey, on a tributary of the Tigris River, at c.4,500 ft (1,370 m). Grains, fruit, and tobacco are grown nearby. It was an important caravan center for centuries and was captured by Persians, Arabs, Seljuk Turks, Byzantines, and Ottoman Turks. In the 19th cent. the town had a large Armenian population.
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This article is such an attempt to rediscover the Kurdish and Kurdistani identity of one of the most prominent cities in the history of Kurdistan, which would be the city of Bedlis. The beautiful and picturesque city of Bedlis hides so many secrets.
The "Kurdish" is so absent in Bedlis, except for some short phrases of rural Kurds who are passing through the city.
Bedlis is a fascinating Kurdish city in Northern (Turkey) Kurdistan.
The golden age of Bedlis was during the reign of a Kurdish principality.
According to Sheref, Bedlis had been in the possession of this dynasty several centuries back.
Bedlis as an independent Kurdish principality with a Kurdistani identity Most of the western travel writings, historical and geographical sources describe Bedlis as a Kurdish city.
Summary: This part of Bedlis' former history and importance will be devoted to the description of western travelers who visited the city during the first half of 19th century.
By Behrooz Shojai | Part II | The Kurdish Globe What emerges from their writings is the successive decay and devastations of Bedlis due to the centralizing efforts of Ottomans and suppression of Kurdish rulers of Kurdistan.
The western travelers were impressed by Bedlis' ancient and picturesque appearance.