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The Jews of Kurdistan

Author: Erich Brauer; Raphael Patai
Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©1993.
Series: Jewish folklore and anthropology series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Following World War II, members of the sizable Jewish community in what had been Kurdistan, now part of Iraq, left their homeland and resettled in Palestine where they were quickly assimilated with the dominant Israeli-Jewish culture. Anthropologist Erich Brauer interviewed a large number of these Kurdish Jews and wrote The Jews of Kurdistan prior to his death in 1942. Raphael Patai completed the manuscript left by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erich Brauer; Raphael Patai
ISBN: 0814323928 9780814323922
OCLC Number: 27266639
Description: 429 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Publications by Erich Brauer --
1. Ethnological Research --
2. The Land --
3. History of the Kurdish Jews --
4. The Dwelling --
5. Clothing --
6. Food --
7. Marriage --
8. Birth and Childhood --
9. The Kurdish Jewess --
10. Death and Burial --
11. Agriculture --
12. Trade --
13. Handicraft --
14. He Aga and His Jews --
15. The Jewish Community --
16. The Education of Boys --
17. The Synagogue --
18. The Sabbath --
19. Pesach --
20. Shavu'ot --
21. 9th Av --
22. The Days of Awe --
23. Sukkot --
Tabernacles --
24. The "Control of Rain" --
25. Hanukka --
26. 15th Shevat --
27. Purim --
28. Shabbat Beshallah and Shabbat Nahamu
Series Title: Jewish folklore and anthropology series.
Responsibility: by Erich Brauer ; completed and edited by Raphael Patai.
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Following World War II, members of the sizable Jewish community in what had been Kurdistan, now part of Iraq, left their homeland and resettled in Palestine where they were quickly assimilated with the dominant Israeli-Jewish culture. Anthropologist Erich Brauer interviewed a large number of these Kurdish Jews and wrote The Jews of Kurdistan prior to his death in 1942. Raphael Patai completed the manuscript left by Brauer, translated it into Hebrew, and had it published in 1947. This new English-language volume, completed and edited by Patai, makes a unique ethnological monograph available to the wider scholarly community, and, at the same time, serves as a monument to a scholar whose work has to this day remained largely unknown outside the narrow circle of Hebrew-reading anthropologists. The Jews of Kurdistan is a unique historical document in that it presents a picture of Kurdish Jewish life and culture prior to World War II. It is the only ethnological study of the Kurdish Jews ever written and provides a comprehensive look at their material culture, life cycles, religious practices, occupations, and relations with the Muslims. In 1950-51, with the mass immigration of Kurdish Jews to Israel, their world as it had been before the war suddenly ceased to exist. This book reflects the life and culture of a Jewish community that has disappeared from the country it had inhabited from antiquity. In his preface, Raphael Patai offers data he considers important for supplementing Brauer's book, and comments on the book's values and limitations fifty years after Brauer wrote it. Patai has included additional information elicited from Kurdish Jews in Jerusalem, verified quotations, corrected some passages that were inaccurately translated from Hebrew authors, completed the bibliography, and added occasional references to parallel traits found in other Oriental Jewish communities.

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