Xoybûn or Khoyboun (Kurdish: ,Xoybûn خۆیبوون)[4][5] was a Pan-Kurdish nationalist political party,[2][3] that is known for leading the Ararat rebellion, commanded by Ihsan Nuri. Many Armenians joined the movement as well,[6] the party was active in all parts of Kurdistan[7][8] until it was dissolved in 1946.[9]

LeaderJaladat Badr Khan[1]
Foundermembers of the Society for the Elevation of Kurdistan and Azadî
Founded5 October 1927, 93 years ago
Kurdish nationalism
Party flag
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Xoybun Congress in Lebanon in 1927


On the 5 October 1927, in Bhamdoun, Greater Lebanon, during a congress of several Kurdish notables, Xoybûn was founded by members of the Society for the Elevation of Kurdistan, Azadî (Kürdistan Teali Cemiyeti), Kürt Teşkilat-ı İçtimaiye Cemiyeti and Kürt Millet Fırkası.[10] Prominent members of the congress where Kamuran Bedir Khan, Celadet Bedir Khan, Memduh Selim, Mehdi Saïd (the brother of Sheikh Said) and Haco Agha amongst others.[11] In the same month the Xoybûn achieved a treaty with the Armenian Revolution Federation (ARF/Dashnaktsutyun).[12] The treaty was negotiated in Beirut on the 29 October by Vahan Papazian for the ARF and by Celadet Bedir Khan, Mehmet Şükru Sekban, Ali Riza (the son of Sheik Said and others on the side of the Xoybun.[13] The Xoybûn had two separate sections. And armed section and a political one. The armed wing was led by Ihsan Nuri, an Ottoman soldier. The political wing was based in Damascus, represented in several western countries and mostly by members of the Bedirxan family.[12] The Xoybûn presented itself as a progressive but pragmatic organization, which had an independence as a goal wanted to learn from former decisions which led to the failure of the Sheikh Said rebellion.[14]

Celadet Alî Bedirxan who was elected as its president[15] as well as Süleymniyeli Kerim Rüstem Bey, Memduh Selim, Mehmet Şükrü Sekban, Haco Agha, Ramanlı Emin, Ali Rıza, Bozan bey Shahin and Mustafa bey Şahin were elected as members of the first central committee of Xoybûn.[16] The Xoybûn can be viewed as a counterweight to the SAK led by Seyyit Abdul Kadir,[11] who favored autonomy for the Kurds instead of independence.[17] Turkey severely opposed the activities for Kurdish independence which amounted to the closure of Xoybuns activities in Aleppo in 1928.[18]

Ararat rebellionEdit

Under the leadership of Celadet Alî Bedirxan, Kamuran Alî Bedirxan, Ekrem Cemilpaşa, Memdûh Selîm and others, Xoybûn decided to promote Ihsan Nuri, a former officer in the Ottoman and Turkish armies, to general (pasha) and sent him to Erzurum with 20 comrades. They published a newspaper named Agirî. The Republic of Ararat declared its independence on 8 October 1927.

The central committee of Xoybûn appointed Ibrahim Heski, who was one of the chieftains of Jalali tribe, to the governorship of Agirî Province and Ihsan Nuri Pasha to the post of general commander of the Kurdish Armed Forces. Xoybûn also made appeals to the Great Powers and the League of Nations,[21] but under pressure from Turkey the British Empire and France restricted the activities of those involved in the Xoybûn.[22] Turkey accused Kurdish and Armenian rebels several times to have invaded Turkey with the aim to assassinate Mustafa Kemal.[23] The Ararat rebellion was subsequently put down by Turkish forces in 1931.

Further activitiesEdit


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  2. ^ a b McDowall 1996, p. 172.
  3. ^ a b A. McMurray 2013, p. 178.
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  5. ^ "عومەر شێخمووس: لە یەكەم رۆژەوە پێشنیازم بۆ بەرپرسانی رۆژئاوا كرد لەگەڵ سووریا رێكبكەون" (in Kurdish). Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ Nelida Fuccaro (1994). Aspects of the social and political history of the Yazidi enclave of Jabal Sinjar (Iraq) under the British mandate, 1919-1932. p. 233.
  7. ^ Tejel, Jordi (2008). Syria's Kurds: History, Politics and Society Volume 16 of Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies. Routledge. p. 18. ISBN 9781134096435.
  8. ^ BURDETT, ANITA (2015). Records of the Kurds: Territory, Revolt and Nationalism, 1831–1979. cambridge university press. pp. Vol. 7. ISBN 9781840973259.
  9. ^ Bakis & Karakoç 2015, p. 190-191.
  10. ^ Gorgas 2007, pp. 118–119.
  11. ^ a b Gorgas 2007, p. 119.
  12. ^ a b Bozarslan, Hamit (2008-04-17). Faroqhi, Suraiya; Kasaba, Reşat; Kunt, I. Metin; Fleet, Kate (eds.). The Cambridge History of Turkey. Cambridge University Press. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-521-62096-3.
  13. ^ Gorgas 2007, p. 222.
  14. ^ Schmidinger 2017, p. 62.
  15. ^ Özoğlu 2004, p. 101.
  16. ^ Schmidinger 2017, p. 61.
  17. ^ Özoğlu 2004, p. 98.
  18. ^ Bein 2017, p. 50.
  19. ^ Martin van Bruinessen, "Zaza, Alevi and Dersimi as Deliberately Embraced Ethnic Identities" in '"Aslını İnkar Eden Haramzadedir!" The Debate on the Ethnic Identity of The Kurdish Alevis' in Krisztina Kehl-Bodrogi, Barbara Kellner-Heinkele, Anke Otter-Beaujean, Syncretistic Religious Communities in the Near East: Collected Papers of the International Symposium "Alevism in Turkey and Comparable Sycretistic Religious Communities in the Near East in the Past and Present" Berlin, 14-17 April 1995, BRILL, 1997, ISBN 9789004108615, p. 13.
  20. ^ Martin van Bruinessen, "Zaza, Alevi and Dersimi as Deliberately Embraced Ethnic Identities" in '"Aslını İnkar Eden Haramzadedir!" The Debate on the Ethnic Identity of The Kurdish Alevis', p. 14.
  21. ^ Mehmet Köçer, "Ağrı İsyanı (1926-1930)", Fırat Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, Cilt: 14, Sayı: 2, s. 385. Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
  22. ^ Allsopp, Harriet (2014). The Kurds of Syria: Political Parties and Identity in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris. p. 55. ISBN 9781780765631.
  23. ^ Bein 2017, p. 51.