The Neo-Aramaic Oral Heritage of the Jews of Zakho - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Oz Aloni

Published On

2022-02-10

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-302-4
Hardback978-1-80064-303-1
PDF978-1-80064-304-8

Language

  • English

Print Length

368 pages (xiv+354)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 19 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.77" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 22 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.88" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1145g (40.39oz)
Hardback1533g (54.08oz)

OCLC Number

1296943153

LCCN

2021392550

BIC

  • CFF
  • CFP

BISAC

  • REL006020
  • LAN009010

LCC

  • PJ5289

Keywords

  • Zakho
  • Neo-Aramaic
  • folktale
  • narrative
  • proverb
  • oral heritage
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The Neo-Aramaic Oral Heritage of the Jews of Zakho

  • Oz Aloni (author)

In 1951, the secluded Neo-Aramaic-speaking Jewish community of Zakho migrated collectively to Israel. It carried with it its unique language, culture and customs, many of which bore resemblance to those found in classical rabbinic literature. Like others in Kurdistan, for example, the Jews of Zakho retained a vibrant tradition of creating and performing songs based on embellishing biblical stories with Aggadic traditions. Despite the recent growth of scholarly interest into Neo-Aramaic communities, however, studies have to this point almost exclusively focused on the linguistic analysis of their critically endangered dialects and little attention has been paid to the sociological, historical and literary analysis of the cultural output of the diverse and isolated Neo-Aramaic communities of Kurdistan. In this innovative book, Oz Aloni seeks to redress this balance. Aloni focuses on three genres of the Zakho community’s oral heritage: the proverb, the enriched biblical narrative and the folktale. Each chapter draws on the authors’ own fieldwork among members of the Zakho community now living in Jerusalem. He examines the proverb in its performative context, the rewritten biblical epic narrative of Ruth, Naomi and King David, and a folktale with the unusual theme of magical gender transformation. Insightfully breaking down these examples with analysis drawn from a variety of conceptual fields, Aloni succeeds in his mission to put the speakers of the language and their culture on equal footing with their speech.

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Oz Aloni


Chapter 1: Proverbs

Oz Aloni


Chapter 2: Enriched biblical narratives

Oz Aloni


Chapter 3: A Folktale

Oz Aloni


Closing Remarks

Oz Aloni


References
Index