The Armenian and Kurdish peasantry were more secure and prosperous than they had been in living memory in 1908 in northern Kurdistan (occupied by the Ottoman Empire before the republic of Turkey was created).
Sheik Abdul Qadir created in the spring of 1909 in Shamdinan the Kurdish Armenian congress in purpose to unite the Kurdish and Armenian people and to create a brotherhood between them.
Sheik Abdul said
"We must live like brothers with the Armenians. We must restore those lands wich they claim and wich have not yet been restored. We will work to strengthen understanding and concord among Ottoman compatriots"
A year after this, in the autumn of 1910, Sayyid Nursi himself traveled through Amêd (Diyarbakir in turkish occupied Kurdistan) and urged the Kurds to unite and not see each others diffrences. He also said:
"Kurdistan belonged to the Kurds and Armenians, not the Turks"