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Aqra lies about 65 miles to the northeast of Mosul and was the administrative headquarters of the qaḍāʾ, which bears its name in the Mosul Liwāʾ. The leading Jewish family in Aqra during the last three generations was known by the name of Khawaja Khinno. Khawaja Khinno's dîwanxane was set up to receive guests every evening except Friday, the eve of the Jewish Sabbath. Following World War I, the British intelligence reported the main tribal leaders in Aqra district. One of the roles played by the Khawaja Khinno patriarchs was that of mediation in conflicts, a role generally reserved in the Kurdish society for highly esteemed shaikhs and aghas. The Ṣūfī Shaikhs of the Naqshbandī ṭarīqa from the Barzāni family were among the most respected and influential in Kurdistan.

Keywords: Ṣūfī Shaikhs; aghas; Aqra; dîwanxane; Khawaja Khinno



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