A Nostalgic Trip into the History of the Jews of Iraq

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A Nostalgic Trip into the History of the Jews of Iraq presents a history of the oldest Jewish community in the world. Translated from the work of Y.R. Ghanimah, the first Assyrian Christian to write a book on this subject and an acclaimed Christian who dedicated his life to serve the public, it contains facts and stories about the Iraqi Jewish Community from the Garden of Eden through 1924. The author also discusses the Assyrian, Jewish, and Christian Persecutions in Iraqi history. The translator adds a depiction of the modern history of the Jews in Iraq, exposing the rise of anti-Semitism there during this century and completing a thorough history of the Jewish people in Iraq.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
...an interesting addition to the corpus of books about Iraqi Jewry.
Religious Studies Review
The book is unique among Arab language publications in its positive attitude to indigenous Jews, and it provides interesting data for the early twentieth century.
Edward Simon
...reveals how the Jews were viewed by a sympathetic outsider.
The Jewish Chronicle [UK]
...[a] loving tribute to a community that lived in Mesopotamia from the first exile, in 587 BCE, until total expulsion in the wake of Israel's statehood.
UK The Jewish Chronicle
...[a] loving tribute to a community that lived in Mesopotamia from the first exile, in 587 BCE, until total expulsion in the wake of Israel's statehood.
Placing the Garden of Eden in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, the author (a Christian Assyrian educated in Jewish schools) presents a brief history of Iraqi Jews from Adam and Eve to 1924, summarizing the works of scholars and archaeological findings. The book was translated from the original Arabic work, Also included is an essay updating the history to 1997. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761812241
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Reading A. Dallal is retired from a career as a Teacher and Administrator in Illinois.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 A Nostalgic Trip into the History of the Jews of Iraq chapter 2 Ghanimah's Publications chapter 3 Word of the Publisher chapter 4 Introduction to the Book chapter 5 The Torah and Iraq chapter 6 The Garden of Eden and It's Rivers chapter 7 The Flood and Mt. Ararat chapter 8 Nimrod Kingdom: Babylon chapter 9 Ninevah, Rechovot, Kalech, Rasen chapter 10 The Tower of Babylon chapter 11 The Jews in the Babylonian and Assyrian Eras chapter 12 Medes and the Persians chapter 13 The Hebrew Language and Its Culture in Babylon chapter 14 Iraqi Jewry in the Arabian Period chapter 15 The Jews of Iraq During the Period of the Mongols and the Tartars chapter 16 The Iraqi Jews Under Turkish Rule chapter 17 The Jews of Today Under British Occupation and the Iraqi Arabian Government chapter 18 Jewish Religious Shrines in Iraq: The Grave of Ezra the Scribe, The Burial of the Prophet Ezekial, Joshua the High Priest, Sheik Isaac El Gaoni, The Shrine of Nachum El Laushi chapter 19 Summary and Update chapter 20 Bibliography for Introduction chapter 21 Footnotes for Introduction chapter 22 Bibliography used by Ghanimah chapter 23 Endnotes chapter 24 Index for Maps and Pictures

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