Jewish Communities of India: Identity in a Colonial Era (Second Edition) / Edition 2

Jewish Communities of India: Identity in a Colonial Era (Second Edition) / Edition 2

by Joan G Roland
     
 

Although the Bene Israel community of western India, the Baghdadi Jews of Bombay and Calcutta, and the Cochin Jews of the Malabar Coast form a tiny segment of the Indian population, their long-term residence within a vastly different culture has always made them the subject of much curiosity. India is perhaps the one country in the world where Jews have never been

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Although the Bene Israel community of western India, the Baghdadi Jews of Bombay and Calcutta, and the Cochin Jews of the Malabar Coast form a tiny segment of the Indian population, their long-term residence within a vastly different culture has always made them the subject of much curiosity. India is perhaps the one country in the world where Jews have never been exposed to anti-Semitism, but in the last century they have had to struggle to maintain their identity as they encountered two competing nationalisms: Indian nationalism and Zionism. Focusing primarily on the Bene Israel and Baghdadis in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Joan Roland describes how identities begun under the Indian caste system changed with British colonial rule, and then how the struggle for Indian independence and the establishment of a Jewish homeland raised even further questions. She also discuses the experiences of European Jewish refugees who arrived in India after 1933 and remained there until after World War II.

To describe what it meant to be a Jew in India, Roland draws on a wealth of materials such as Indian Jewish periodicals, official and private archives, and extensive interviews. Historians, Judaic studies specialist, India area scholars, postcolonialist, and sociologists will all find this book to be an engaging study. A new final chapter discusses the position of the remaining Jews in India as well as the status of Indian Jews in Israel at the end of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765804396
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Introduction1
1Jews and Society in Premodern India11
2The Emergence of Indian Nationalism31
3A State of Complex Identities65
4Indians, Jews, or Europeans?89
5Intracommunal Struggles and Zionism128
6A Heightened Jewish Consciousness171
7Challenges of the War213
8The Postwar Dilemma238
Conclusion259
Epilogue to the Transaction Edition267
Glossary301
Notes305
Selected Bibliography365
Additional Bibliography375
Index377

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