The result of an initiative by the World Bukharian Jewish Congress, this collection of articles offers studies by distinguished specialists on the history, culture, religion, and linguistic practices of Tajik Persian speaking Sephardic Jews of Central Asia, from the origins to our days. A substantial article by Michael Zand (“Bukharan Jews,” 7-55) is reprinted from the Encyclopaedia Iranica (4, 1990, pp. 530-45). It offers a still rare historical overview of the destiny of Central Asian Jews from the Parthian Empire to the end of the Soviet period. The other contributions of this short encyclopaedia have been reviewed in distinct sections of the present volume: see Zand Michael, “Bukharan Jewish Culture of the Soviet Period: Its Formation, Evolvement and Destruction,” 56-81, notes pp. 70-81 (infra No. 458); Fuzaylov Geora, “The System of Succession in the Bukharan Rabbinate, 1790-1917,” 82-110 (infra No. 334); Kaganovitch Albert, “The Muslim Jews – Chalah in Central Asia, 1865-1917,” 111-41 (infra No. 330); Levin Zeev, “Bukharan Jewish Women,” 142-60 (infra No. 301); Reikher Elena, “On the Family-Event Songs of the Bukharan Jews,” 161-9 (infra No. 547); Tolmas Chana, “Hebrew-Aramaic Elements in Judeo-Tadjik,” 170-84 (infra No. 456).

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