Sons of Samarkand

by Nathan Hamm on 3/8/2005 · 1 comment

Is Ariel Sharon from Samarkand? Goodness. I have no clue. Officially, of course, he’s not, but at least one Uzbek academic believes otherwise.

Well, since I always take an excuse to walk down cultural and historical tangents when one presents itself, take a moment to visit, the online community for Bukharian Jews.

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Hulegu March 8, 2005 at 9:59 am

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the hat-tip. Unfortunately, further research reveals things aren’t quite as exciting as I thought – it merely seems that Arik’s parents made a circuitous journey to Palestine via Central Asia.


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