The Traditions in KOLOT:
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Sofia and Yatzek Kaikov - Jewish Bukharian tradition
There is a tradition among the Bukharian Jews that trace their ancestry to the Lost Tribes of Israel. These Jews claim to be descendants of the Issachar, Nephtali, and Ephraim Israelite tribes who failed to returned from the Babylonian captivity after exile in the 7th century BCE. The Bukharian Jews of Central Asia were essentially cut off from the rest of the Jewish world for more than 2,000 years and somehow managed to survive and preserve their Jewish identity and heritage in the face of obstacles. They are considered one of the oldest ethno-religious groups of Central Asia and over the years have developed their own distinct culture. Throughout the years, Jews from other Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, and Morocco migrated into Central Asia (usually by taking the Silk Road), joining groups that would become the origin of the Bukharian Jewish community. In Central Asia, they survived for centuries, subject to many conquering influences.
Riham Hiadri - Muslim Palestinian tradition
Ali Qleibo, a Palestinian anthropologist, has critiqued Muslim historiography for assigning the beginning of Palestinian cultural identity to the advent of Islamin the seventh century. In describing the effect of such a historiography, he writes: "Pagan origins are disavowed. As such the peoples that populated Palestine throughout history have discursively rescinded their own history and religion as they adopted the religion,language, and culture of Islam".