A Political and Economic History of the Jews of Afghanistan by Sara Koplik describes the situation of Jews in that country during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly 1839-1952. It examines the political, economic and social conditions they faced as religious minorities. The work focuses upon harsh governmental economic policies of the 1930s and 1940s spearheaded by 'Abd al-Majid Khan Zabuli which caused the impoverishment and suffering of both the local community and refugees from Soviet Central Asia. The question of Nazi influence in Afghanistan is addressed, with the author arguing that it was mainly limited to the economic sphere. An examination of the appeal of Zionism and the community's immigration to Israel is included.
Sara Koplik, Ph.D. (2003), School of Oriental and African Studies, is employed by the Jewish Federation of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World.
Abbreviations for Archival Sources
Various Va’adot: An Explanatory Note
Glossary of Terms
The Rulers of Afghanistan (1747–1973)
Note on Hebrew Transliteration
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Modern Jewish Settlement in Afghanistan: Origins and Customs
Chapter Three: A Survey of the Modern Political and Economic History of Afghanistan (1747-1933)
Chapter Four: Northern Afghanistan’s Soviet Refugee Crisis (1932 - 1936)
Chapter Five: Afghan Economic Policies in the 1930s
Chapter Six: World War II’s Impact on Afghanistan
Chapter Seven: ‘Aliya: Messianic Zionism and Leaving Afghanistan
Those interested in the modern Jewish history of Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia, and the political, economic, and social policies towards minorities in this region.