The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times by Reeva Spector Simon

The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times

byReeva Spector Simon, Michael Menachem Laskier, Sara Reguer

Kobo ebook | April 30, 2003

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Despite considerable research on the Jewish diaspora in the Middle East and North Africa since 1800, there has until now been no comprehensive synthesis that illuminates both the differences and commonalities in Jewish experience across a range of countries and cultures. This lacuna in both Jewish and Middle Eastern studies is due partly to the fact that in general histories of the region, Jews have been omitted from the standard narrative. As part of the religious and ethnic mosaic that was traditional Islamic society, Jews were but one among numerous minorities and so have lacked a systematic treatment.

Addressing this important oversight, this volume documents the variety and diversity of Jewish life in the region over the last two hundred years. It explains the changes that affected the communities under Islamic rule during its "golden age" and describes the processes of modernization that enabled the Jews to play a pivotal role in their respective countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The first half of the book is thematic, covering topics ranging from languages to economic life and from religion and music to the world of women. The second half is a country-by-country survey that covers Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, the Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.

Reeva Spector Simon is associate director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University and author of Iraq Between the Two World Wars. Michael Menachem Laskier teaches at the newly created Department of Middle East History at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and is the author of eight books, including Israel and the Arab World: Is...
Title:The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern TimesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 30, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Thematic Section
Middle Eastern and Sephardic Jewry: The Historical Background 700--1700, by Jane Gerber
Europe in the Middle East, by Reeva S. Simon
Economic Life, by Michael M. Laskier and Reeva S. Simon
Community Leadership and Structure, by Michael M. Laskier, Sara Reguer and Haim Saadoun
Religion: Rabbinic Tradition and the Response to Modernity, by Zvi Zohar
Intellectual Life, by Ammiel Alcalay
Judezmo and Hakitia (Judeo-Spanish), by David M. Bunis
Judeo-Arabic, by Joseph Chetrit
Languages of Iran and Afghanistan, by Haideh Sahim
Education, by Rachel Simon
Zionism, by Rachel Simon
Beliefs and Customs, by Issachar Ben-Ami
Aspects of Material Culture, by Esther Juhasz
Music, by Mark Kligman
The World of Women, by Sara Reguer
Part II: Country by Country Survey
Ottoman Turkey, by Jacob M. Landau
Ottoman Balkans, by Aron Rodrigue
The Turkish Republic, by George E. Gruen
Syria and Lebanon, by Michael M. Laskier
Eretz Yisrael / Palestine 1800--1948, by Ruth Kark and Joseph B. Glass
Iraq, by Reeva S. Simon
Iran and Afghanistan, by Haideh Sahim
Yemen, by Bat-Zion Eraqi-Klorman
Egypt and the Sudan, by Jean-Marc Ran Oppenheim
Libya, by Harvey E. Goldberg
Tunisia, by Haim Saadoun
Algeria, by David Cohen
Morocco, by Michael M. Laskier and Eliezer Bashan

Editorial Reviews

This is a very essential and long-awaited work about an important ancient part of the Jewish world little-known by many. A superbly organized book. This volume fills an important gap in our knowledge of Jewish diasporas with its comprehensive picture of the historical experience of Jews in the Muslim world and their encounter with modernity. This book will likely become indispensable for students and suggestive of new research agendas for years to come.