The Jews of Kurdistan
By Erich Brauer
Completed and Edited by Raphael Patai
Pages: 448 Size: 6x9 Illustrations: 61
A thorough comparative ethnological study of the Jews of Kurdistan.
— Yona Sabar
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.
The Jews of Kurdistan is a unique historical document in that it presents a picture of Kurdish Jewish life and culture prior to World War II.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 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, and completed the bibliography.
A thorough comparative ethnological study of the Jews of Kurdistan . . . A new English edition will make this important work accessible to international scholars and educated readers in general.
– Yona Sabar, University of California, Los Angeles