Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa

Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa

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With only a small remnant of Jews still living in the Maghrib at the beginning of the 21st century, the vast majority of today's inhabitants of North Africa have never met a Jew. Yet as this volume reveals, Jews were an integral part of the North African landscape from antiquity. Scholars from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, and the United States shed new light on Jewish life and Muslim-Jewish relations in North Africa through the lenses of history, anthropology, language, and literature. The history and life stories told in this book illuminate the close cultural affinities and poignant relationships between Muslims and Jews, and the uneasy coexistence that both united and divided them throughout the history of the Maghrib.show more

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  • Book | 386 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illus.
  • 0253222257
  • 9780253222251
  • 1,301,480

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"Opening new avenues for research on the Jews of the Maghrib, this volume is an important contribution to both Jewish studies and Maghrib studies... [It] raises a whole range of questions about how we might rethink modern Jewish history." -Matthias Lehmann, author of Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture "[This] is a highly informative and thought-provoking collection of essays, from which the reader is certain to derive satisfaction and knowledge of a region made all the more significant in light of the revolutionary changes that have taken place in North Africa since the spring of 2011." -AJL Reviews "[T]his collection goes a long way to increasing our understanding of North African Jewish history and encourages new lines of inquiry into the subject." -Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online "[This] volume as a whole demonstrates the ways in which both Jewish studies and Maghrib studies are emerging from their historic marginalization and into broader discussions of regional history." -Journal of African Historyshow more

About Emily Benichou Gottreich

Emily Benichou Gottreich is Vice Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California Berkeley. She is author of The Mellah of Marrakesh: Jewish and Muslim Space in Morocco's Red City (IUP, 2006). Daniel J. Schroeter is the Amos S. Denard Memorial Chair in Jewish History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is author of The Sultan's Jew: Morocco and the Sephardi World and Merchants of Essaouira.show more

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction1. Emily Benichou Gottreich and Daniel J. Schroeter, Rethinking Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa2. Mohammed Kenbib, Muslim-Jewish Relations in Contemporary MoroccoPart II: Origins, Diasporas, and Identities3. Farid Benramdane, Place Names in Western Algeria: Biblical Sources and Dominant Semantic Domains 4. Mabrouk Mansouri, The Image of the Jews among Ibadi Imazighen in North Africa until the Tenth Century5. Abdellah Larhmaid, Jewish Identity and Landownership in the Sous Region of Morocco6. Aomar Boum, Southern Moroccan Jewry between the Colonial Manufacture of Knowledge and the Postcolonial Historiographical Silence7. Yaron Tsur, Dating the Demise of the Western-Sephardi Jewish Diaspora: The Mediterranean AspectPart III: Communities, Cultural Exchange and Transformations8. Philippe Barbe, Jewish-Muslim Syncretism and Intercommunity Cohabitation in the work of Albert Memmi: The Partage of Tunis 9. Susan Gilson Miller, Making Tangier Modern: Ethnicity and Urban Development, 1880-193010. Stacy E. Holden, Muslim and Jewish Interaction in Moroccan Meat Markets, 1873-191211. Saddek Benkada, A Moment in Sephardi History: The Re-establishment of the Jewish Community of Oran, 1792-1831 12. Hadj Miliani, Crosscurrents: Trajectories of Algerian Jewish Artists and Men of Culture since the End of the Nineteenth CenturyPart IV: Between Myth and History: Sol Hachuel in Moroccan Jewish Memory13. Yaelle Azagury, Sol Hachuel in the Collective Memory and Folktales of Moroccan Jews14. Sharon Vance, Sol Hachuel, `Heroine of the Nineteenth Century': Gender, the Jewish Question, and Colonial Discourse15. Ruth Knafo Setton, Searching for Suleika: A Writer's JourneyPart V: Gender, Colonialism, and the Alliance Israelite Universelle16. Joy A. Land, Corresponding Lives: Women Educators of the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Tunisia, 1882-191417. Keith Walteshow more

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