Taufiq Wahby

Taufiq Wahby (1891–1984) was a prominent Kurdish writer, linguist and politician. He first served in the Ottoman army as a colonel[citation needed], but after the creation of Iraq by the British in 1920, he became an influential officer in the new Iraqi army. He also served eight terms in ministerial posts in the Iraqi government. He was instrumental in the design of a new Kurdish alphabet based on modified Arabic letters. Taufiq Wahbi also engaged in research concerning Yazidis and their religion.

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Grave of Taufiq Wahby
  • "Destûrî Zimanî Kurdî (Grammar of Kurdish Language), al-Haditha Publishers", Baghdad, 1929.
  • "Xwêndewarî Baw (Contemporary Literacy), al-Haditha Publishers", Baghdad, 1933.
  • "The remnants of Mithraism in Hatra and Iraqi Kurdistan, and its traces in Yazidism: The Yazidis are not devil-worshippers",[1] 1962.
  • "A Kurdish-English Dictionary, with C.J. Edmonds, 179 pp., Oxford Press",[2] 1966.
  • "Kurdish Studies, Kurdica Publishers", 1968.


  1. ^ Wahby, Taufiq (1962). The Remnants of Mithraism in Hatra and Iraqi Kurdistan, and Its Traces in Yazidism: The Yazīdīs are Not Devil-worshippers. T. Wahby.
  2. ^ Bodrogligeti, A. (April 1967). "A Kurdish-English dictionary. By Taufiq Wahby and C. J. Edmonds, pp. xii, 179. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1966". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. 99 (2): 152–155. doi:10.1017/S0035869X0012578X. ISSN 2051-2066.

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