Bukharan jew dating

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The Jews who did not convert struggled under the stricter Islamic influence.

Those who did convert became chalas, the Tajik word for 'neither one nor the other 'often converted in name, but continued to practice all of the customs that overlap both cultures, circumcision, arranged marriage, and not eating pork, and often tried to maintain there Jewish practices as well.

Jews arrival in Central Asia: The beginning of a Jewish settlement in the area around Bukhara may go back as far as the 7th century BCE when the Jews were exiled by the Assyrians(II Kings 17:6).

It is to this date that the Bukharan Jews themselves trace their heritage.

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The advent of the railroad in Bukhara led to the Jews who remained being joined by Jews from other parts of what would become the Soviet Union and these Jews who traveled there noticed distinct differences in the dress and customs of the Bukharan Jews.

In fact, it was not until an earthquake in 1720 that left Samarkhand uninhabitable, that all of the Jews living in the region moved to Bukhara.

Jews as a religious minority: For the first 10 centuries the Jews lived peacefully as an accepted minority in a predominantly Zoroastrian culture.

When, in 709, the first Muslim Arabs reached Bukhara they set up the first of several Islamic dynasties in the region.

The Umayyad dynasty was the first to bring Islamic learning and culture to Bukhara. In 750 CE the Sunni Umayyads were replaced by the Shi'ite Abbasids who briefly controlled Bukhara from Baghdad.

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