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Built partly on a rocky island in the Khabur River, Zakho had been for centuries home to a sizeable Jewish population. Following World War I, the British intelligence reported on the main tribes and chieftains in Zakho district, among them the following personalities and tribes: Ḥājjī Ṣadīq Biro and Slaimān Agha of the Gulli tribe; Jamīl Agha of the Ṣindī tribe; Muḥammad Agha of Zakho of the Slevani Tribe; ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Agha and Alī Khan of Sharnakh. Jews from Zakho reported many events involving the main tribal chiefs and the relationships between aghas and Jews. Meʿallim Abraham recorded the names of the aghas with whom his family members were associated. Most of the adult Jewish males in Zakho worked as merchants, peddlers, raftsmen and muleteers. They worked in and around Zakho city and traveled extensively in the tribal region.

Keywords: Ṣindī tribe; Gulli tribe; Jews; Meʿallim Abraham; Sharnakh; Slevani Tribe; Zakho



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