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Guardianship And Justice

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Urban and rural Jews were helpful to their tribal aghas in many other ways. The vital assistance that Jews extended to their aghas, mainly in times of need, was only one dimension of the relations between the aghas and the Jews. The aghas would generally take care of the interests of their Jewish subjects in their relations with the authorities. The status of rural Jews in Kurdistan varied from one tribal jurisdiction to another and from one period to another. The Jews lived in rural Kurdistan with relative ease and security and were able to provide for their families and to observe certain religious and spiritual practices. The justice, patronage and guardianship by some of these aghas made it possible for Jews to reside for hundreds of years in rural Kurdistan.

Keywords: aghas; guardianship; Jews; justice; Kurdistan



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