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Preliminary Remarks On The Tribal Kurdish Society

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Jews lived in urban centers in Kurdistan for centuries. It is important to note that some urban Jews spent part of their time in rural areas, subjected to tribal rules and practices that affected their life in Kurdistan. The dual system of government affected urban Jews more than it affected rural Jews. As town dwellers, urban Jews were exposed to official agencies within the town. The patronage of the Kurdish chieftains was one of the key instruments that made Jewish survival possible in Kurdish towns and villages throughout the generations. An aspect of urban Jewish life ought to be discussed in relation with Jewish aristocracy, that of the role of the Jews in the municipal administration. The social organization of the Jewish community was structured around the Jewish quarter or neighborhood. The basic social structure was that of the nuclear family.

Keywords: dual system; Jews; nuclear family; tribal Kurdish society



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