Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries

Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries : History and Culture in the Modern Era

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Providing an unparalleled overview of Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewish communities in world history, this authoritative, stimulating work, superbly edited and clearly written, also suggests new approaches to assessing their cultural practices and relation to the wider societies of which they formed, and in many cases continue to form, a part." -Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth CollegeHistorians, anthropologists, and linguists from Israel, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States provide a comprehensive picture of Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries in modern times. The volume touches on such themes as the impact of modernization upon Sephardi communities in North Africa, the Balkans, and other areas of the Ottoman Empire; responses to cultural change in Sephardi communities of Iraq and North Africa; issues relating to contemporary Jewish languages and literatures; and conceptions of ethnicity and gender in Sephardi communities.Contributors include Joelle Bahloul, Jacob Barnai, Esther Benbassa, Yoram Bilu, David M. Bunis, Joseph Chetrit, Harvey E. Goldberg, Isaac Guershon, Andre Levy, Laurence D. Loeb, Susan Gilson Miller, Amnon Netzer, Aron Rodrigue, Esther Schely-Newman, Daniel J. Schroeter, Norman A. Stillman, Yosef Tobi, Yaron Tsur, Zvi Yehuda, and Zvi Zohar.show more

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  • Book | 368 pages
  • 156.5 x 234.7 x 21.6mm | 562.34g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210410
  • 9780253210418
  • 1,436,475

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Historians, anthropologists, and linguists from Israel, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States present a comprehensive picture of Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries in modern times. The volume touches on such themes as the impact of modernization upon Sephardi communities in North Africa, the Balkans, and other areas of the Ottoman Empire; responses to cultural change in Sephardi communities of Iraq and North Africa; issues relating to contemporary Jewish languages and literatures; and conceptions of ethnicity and gender in Sephardi communities.show more

About Harvey E. Goldberg

HARVEY E. GOLDBERG is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Hebrew University and author of Jewish Life in Muslim Libya: Rivals and Relatives.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceNote on TransliterationInterduction by Harvey E. GoldbergPart I: Sephardi and Middle Eastern Communities in the Context of Modern Jewish History1Middle Eastern and North African Jewries Confront Modernity: Orientation, Disorientation, ReorientationNorman A. Stillman2From Sabbateanism to Modernization: Ottoman Jewry on the Eve of the Ottoman Reforms and the HaskalaJacob Barnai3Eastern Sephardi Jewry and New Nation-States in the Balkans in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesAron Rodrigue4The Process of Modernization of Eastern Sephardi CommunitiesEsther Benbassa5The Transformation of the Jewish Community of Essaouira (Mogador) in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesDaniel J. Schroeter and Joseph ChetritPart II: Varieties of Responses6Traditional Flexibility and Modern Strictness: Two Halakhic Positions on Women's SuffrageZvi Zohar7Iraqi Jewry and Cultural Change in the Educational Activity of the Alliance Israelite UniverselleZvi Yehuda8Haskala in a Sectional Colonial Society: Mahdia (Tunisia) 1884Yaron Tsur9The Maskil and the Mequbbal: Mordecai Ha-Cohen and the Grave of Rabbi Shimon Lavi in TripoliHarvey E. Goldberg10The Foundation of Hispano-Jewish Associations in Morocco: Contrasting Portraits of Tangier and TetuanIsaac Guershon11Kippur on the Amazon: Jewish Emigration from Northern Morocco in the Late Nineteenth CenturySusan Gilson MillerPart III: Languages and Literatures12The Flowering of Judeo-Arabic Literature in North Africa, 1850-1950Yosef Tobi13Modernization and the Language Question among Judezmo-Speaking Sephardim of the Ottoman EmpireDavid M. Bunis14Persian Jewry and Literature: A Sociocultural ViewAmnon NetzerPart IV: History and Memory15Gender, Marriage, and Social Conflict in Hashow more

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