The Neo-Aramaic Oral Heritage of the Jews of Zakho

Citation:

Dr. Oz Aloni. 2022. The Neo-Aramaic Oral Heritage of the Jews of Zakho. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.
The Neo-Aramaic Oral Heritage of the Jews of Zakho

Abstract:

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.
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