Kashkul is a research, translation, and preservation collaborative based in Sulaimani, Iraq. Iraqi, Kurdish, and American scholars come together to pursue projects of their own design.
“Kashkul” has two traditional meanings in Kurdish: the Sufi’s begging bowl and the traveler’s bindle. Over time, the traveling scholar cared less for the clothes or bowl he carried and more for the poetry, history, philosophy and other knowledge he collected in his notebook–and the notebook became his bindle, his kashkul. Books of this nature, curated by an individual or a group of individuals, tenderly preserved the knowledge of their time for generations to come. All members of the collaborative hope that this is our work, in the digital world: to create, curate, and preserve culture in the northern regions of Iraq. This is our kashkul.