Abdullah Öcalan

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Абдула Оџалан, Абдула Йоджалан, عبداله اؤجالان, and 32 others عبد الله اوجلان, ʻEbdułła Oj Alan, ʻAbd Allāh Ūjalān, عبد الله أوجلان،, ʻEbduła Ojelan, Evdile Ocalan, 阿卜杜拉·奥贾兰, Абдулах Оџелан, Αμπντουλάχ Οτζαλάν, Abdullach Öcalan, Amptoulach Otsalan, ئابدوللاهئۆ جالان, Abdullah Ö. Apo, Ampntoulach Otzalan, Aptullah Öcalan, Serok Apo, عبدالله اوجالان, اوجالان، عبد الله, ʿAbd Allāh Ūǧalān, أوج ألان، عبد الله،, Abdullah Öcalan, Abdullah Öcalan Apo, ʻAbd Allāh Awjālān, Աբդուլլահ Օջալան, עבדוללה אג'לאן, Abdullah Ojalan, Abdullah Ocalan, Абдулла Оджалан, Apo, アブドゥッラー・オジャラン, அப்துல்லா ஓசுலான், عەبدوڵڵا ئۆجەلان
April 3, 1949

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Abdullah Öcalan was the leader of a Kurdish revolutionary party, the PKK. He was eventually kidnapped while abroad in 1999, and has been in solitary confinement in Imrali Island Prison, Turkey ever since.

Since his imprisonment, Ocalan has written extensively on Middle Eastern and Kurdish history. With his books he has significantly influenced the course of Kurdish politics in the last two decades.

He argues for the concepts of Democratic Autonomy and Democratic Confederalism that are considered an alternative to a Kurdish nation-state.

From 2009-2011, the Turkish state held negotiations with him about a solution of the Kurdish Question.

Books by Abdullah Öcalan