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This communal influence contrasts with the individualism of the West, where we exist largely separate from our families. The Peshmerga, the Death-Confronters, the Iraqi Kurdish militia, are still actively defending the country they fought to build against ISIS, just as they defended it against Saddam Hussein. Every family I met had someone who sacrificed, or even died, for Kurdish independence. They are wary of Arabs and Turks, who have a history of oppressing Kurds.This regime of polygyny was, however, practiced by a minority, which included primarily the members of the ruling landowning class, the nobility, and the religious establishment.Sharaf ad-Din Bitlisi's also mentioned three Kurdish women assuming power in Kurdish principalities after the death of their husbands in order to transfer it to their sons upon their adulthood.Knowledge about the early history of Kurdish women is limited by both the dearth of records and the near absence of research.In 1597 (16th century), Sharaf ad-Din Bitlisi's wrote a book named Sharafnama, makes references to the women of the ruling landowning class, and their exclusion from public life and the exercise of state power, wrote that the Kurds of Ottoman Empire, who follow Islamic tradition, took four wives and, if they could afford it, four maids or slave girls.