Karim Zand, son of Hama Agha, son of Amin Agha, was born in 1925 in Sulaymaniyah. He completed his religious, primary and secondary education in Malkandi neighborhood of Sulaymaniyah and then went to Baghdad to complete his higher education.
He started writing in 1940 and traveled to all four parts of Kurdistan and recorded complete information about all places, tribes, races, languages and history of Greater Kurdistan. Most of his trips were on foot.
He graduated from the Teachers' College in Baghdad in 1944. He worked as a teacher in Faisaliyah School in Sulaymaniyah for one year. After that, he went back to higher education. He went to Azerbaijan to participate in the Kurdistan Republic in Mahabad. He participated in the revolutions of Sheikh Mahmoud, Barzan and Qazi Mohammad. After the defeat of the republic in guerrilla warfare, he went to Russia. He spent two years in Abu Ghraib prison, six years in the jungles of Nasiriyah, and thirteen years in exile.
He has 12 articles and publications, more than 600 articles in magazines and newspapers. Since 1938, he has been involved in politics.
He was a member of the Kurdish Writers' Association, supervised the eradication of illiteracy for fifteen years, was an agent of the teachers' union, traveled most of Kurdistan. He has been a Kurdish writer and editor of Roji Nuw magazine since the 1940s. He published Kurdistan Geography in 1958. He was the deputy of the Sulaymaniyah Municipal Council for 15 years without remuneration.
He was awarded a professorship at the University of Mainz-Gothenburg in Germany. He retired in 1968 of his own accord.
He has several important books and articles, the most important of which is the book (Tomari Teman) which is 10 volumes and discusses the geography and dialect of Kurdistan nations. Karim Zand was the first person to translate the Bible into Kurdish. He was a Kurdish language teacher in Mahabad during the Kurdistan Republic.
He died on 10-10-2017 in Sulaymaniyah.