The Jews of Kurdistan
A Study in Survival (2nd & Revised Edition)
The book tells the story of the Jews in Kurdistan, the Jewish subjects that had lived and survived under the patronage of their tribal chieftains (or “aghas,” i.e., masters). The book tells the story of their relationships with their Kurdish “aghas” and with their tribal neighbors within the tribal Kurdish society, during the 19th and 20th centuries, in towns as well as in distant villages.
The study is based on hundreds of first-hand oral history accounts, conducted by the author between 1985 and 2002, with more than 60 elderly Jews, originally from Kurdistan, who shared their rich and fascinating oral memoirs on the tribal Kurdish society with the author, who was then able to reconstruct the history of the Jews and the tribal Kurdish society.