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Jadid al-Islam: The Jewish ''New Muslims'' of Meshhed
     

Jadid al-Islam: The Jewish ''New Muslims'' of Meshhed

by Raphael Patai
 

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In 1839, Muslims attacked the Jews of Meshhed, murdering 36 of them, and forcing the conversion of the rest. While some managed to escape across the Afghan border, and some turned into true believing Muslims, the majority adopted Islam only outwardly, while secretly adhering to their Jewish faith.

Jadid al-Islam is the fascinating story of how this community

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In 1839, Muslims attacked the Jews of Meshhed, murdering 36 of them, and forcing the conversion of the rest. While some managed to escape across the Afghan border, and some turned into true believing Muslims, the majority adopted Islam only outwardly, while secretly adhering to their Jewish faith.

Jadid al-Islam is the fascinating story of how this community managed to survive, at the risk of their lives, as crypto-Jews in an inimical Shi'i Muslim environment. Based on unpublished original Persian sources and interviews with members of the existing Meshhed community in Jerusalem and New York, this study documents the history, traditions, tales, customs, and institutions of the Jadid al-Islam—"New Muslims."

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Library Journal
Jewish life in Islamic lands has always fascinated Patai (The Jewish Alchemists, LJ 6/1/94). In this massive, specialized study, he focuses on the Jews of the Iranian city of Meshhed, who were forcibly converted in 1839. They lived an underground life: outwardly, they conformed to Islamic ways, but inwardly they kept a Jewish identity. They were known as "Jadid al-Islam," or "New of Islam." Patai's work is the product of the oral accounts he obtained. He supplements the book with tales of travelers who witnessed the servile and often degraded conditions of these Jews only from the outside, knowing nothing of their incredible but secretive lives. No detail is too small for Patai; he even describes Jewish children's games. This work is best suited for academic and public libraries with very strong Jewish studies collections. Public libraries should consider a few basic introductions to the topic, such as Bernard Lewis's Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times (LJ 2/1/91).Paul M. Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814326527
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Raphael Patai (1911-1996) was a prominent cultural anthropologist, historian, and biblical scholar of international reputation. He was the author of more than three dozen books on Jewish and Arab culture, history, politics, psychology, and folklore.

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