The author shortly describes her experience of studying the folklore of the Mashhadi Jews (or Irani) whom she visited in Bayram-Ali, Yolatan and Marv in 1986. Touching the phonetic specificities of their dialect of Persian language, she provides examples of Mashhadi Jews’ lexicon, before dwelling on this group’s modern names and surnames. Comparing the preservation of Jewish customs among, respectively, this sub-ethnic group and Bukharan Jews, she concludes that the former has shown stronger disposition to conservation.

Albert Kaganovitch, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
CER: II-5.2.B-457