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EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
is naturally very limited, as they never work under Mussulman employ, and are studiously kept out of trades carried on by the Mussulmans. They are consequently compelled to go about hawking haberdashery, and their wives often accompany them. The consequences of these disabilities are very injurious. Almost everywhere the Jews are utterly wretched. There are very few merchants among them, a small number of them are petty dealers, and the greater portion are paupers. The synagogues are often used as schools for the teaching of Hebrew. No other subject is taught. A portion of the Perso-Jewisli population is enumerated in the following table :—
Teheran ... 4,000 Glaf andan 500
Kashan...... ... 3,000 Khounsar 270
Hamadan ... 2,350 Karkan ... 260
Ispahan ... 2.100 Lar ...... 175
Shiraz ...... ... 2,000 Barman 150
Yezd ...... ... 2,000 Ivazeroun 110
Kermanshah ... ... 1,000 Bouraman 70
Oormiza...... 940 Sennigan 50
Bushire...... 750 Joumouj 30 20
Nioubandinan ... 650 Jamouta
J aaroun 590
This gives a total of a little over 21,000 Jews. In Teheran, Hamadan, and Kermanshah there are a few merchants. In all the other towns the Jews are mostly hawkers. The Kashan district affords employment in the silk trade. Most of the letters I have received from Persia say there are no trades at all, and that the Jews are extremely poor. At Yezd, as also at Shiraz, the Jews are occupied with weaving.
I have received, from Kurdistan, replies to my inquiries about the population, and I have arranged them in the following table *:—
Mossoul Erwil ... Zakhou ... Sulimaniya Kirkouk Amadiah Khanakin Diarbekir Dehok ... Sendour Birzani ... Akr
Nel'kar ...
Garmouk
Karadagh
3,500 2; 100
1,500 1,400 1,200 800 000 450 400 400 400 300 300 250 250
Sendou ... Halbaja Mardin ... Nisbin ... Jezira ... IChoi Sanjak Atroush Pen j win Sherfaan Shoosh ... Barosh ... Gondek ... Marja ... ICalaat Eddare
200 200 200 200 200 170 100 100 100 100 50 50 40 20
* This list has to be subjected to future analysis, as many of the places here enumerated belong to Turkey and not to Persia.
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