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Dohuk is situated about 50 miles north northwest of Mosul. The Jews of Dohuk had managed to establish associations with other prominent aghas, notably with the Doski leaders of their region. Immediately after the war, the British listed the main tribe and personalities in Dohuk district: the Doski tribe; Mizuri-Zair and Berwari-Zair. The Jewish informants describe Dewali as a tribal agha less tactful and refined than his father, Saʿīd Agha. Shaikh ʿAbdallāh Barifkanī, one of the religious leaders in the region of Dohuk, had special relations with the Jews and had a special approach to Judaism. Tribal Kurdish society was characterized by feuds. Although Jews were considered non-tribal subjects and protégés of their masters, on a certain level they were drawn into tribal Kurdish society.

Keywords: Dewali; Dohuk; feuds; Jews; Shaikh ʿAbdallāh Barifkanī; tribal Kurdish society



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