A Political and Economic History of the Jews of
Sara Koplik, Jewish Federation of New Mexico
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.