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Citation Formats
M. Yegen, ““Prospective-Turks” or “Pseudo-Citizens:” Kurds in Turkey,” MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL, pp. 597–615, 2009, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/63707.