Jewish Identities in a Changing World
The Kurdish society described in this study does not exist anymore in situ. The Kurdish Jews have migrated to Israel; many of the Assyrian Christians have migrated into many western countries;1 and the Muslim Kurds lived through upheavals and wars that have changed the map of Kurdistan; many of them migrated too. For these reasons, I suspect that this work could not have been written elsewhere.
The study of minority groups enhances insight into the structure and functioning of the society as a whole and clearly reveals “a society’s cohesion and integration.”2 Scholars of diverse disciplines have dealt with Middle Eastern secondary groups, although peripheral communities, such as the Kurds, have not received as much attention as larger communities.