Sephardic Identity: Essays on a Vanishing Jewish Culture

Sephardic Identity: Essays on a Vanishing Jewish Culture

by George K. Zucker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786420219

ISBN-13: 9780786420216

Pub. Date: 02/23/2005

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The Sephardim, a fast-disappearing group of Jews whose ancestors were exiled from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the fifteenth century, have fought to retain their identity while necessarily assimilating to the surrounding society. This culture was changed by settlement and residence in non-Spanish areas for over four centuries, a Diaspora in the late

Overview

The Sephardim, a fast-disappearing group of Jews whose ancestors were exiled from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the fifteenth century, have fought to retain their identity while necessarily assimilating to the surrounding society. This culture was changed by settlement and residence in non-Spanish areas for over four centuries, a Diaspora in the late nineteenth century, and the Nazi Holocaust. Sephardic settlements in Latin America, the United States, Israel, and elsewhere were the result. Because Judaism is as much a culture as a religion, any move toward assimilation into a non-Jewish culture has historically been seen as a threat to Jewish identity: this is an ongoing crisis in Sephardic life.

These essays, representing some of the most innovative work being done in Sephardic studies, are divided into sections exploring history, sociology, anthropology, language, literature and the performing arts. Topics include the possibility that the Sephardim are Judaized Arabs, Berbers and Iberians; the role of Spanish exiles in the Ottoman Empire; Sephardic remnants in Greece; Sephardic philosophy; the literature of New Christians (the community that arose out of forcibly converted Jews) whose works reveal Jewish roots; the Judeo-Spanish press in Salonika; and the influences of Sephardism on contemporary Argentine literature. An introduction to Sephardism begins the work and a conclusion discusses the Sephardic Education Center, which hopes to assure the culture's future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786420216
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/23/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
IIntroduction: Sephardism and Sephardic Studies
1Sephardic Scholarship: A Personal Journey11
IIHistory, Sociology, Anthropology
2Are the Sephardim Jews or Judaized Arabs, Berbers, and Iberians?29
3Iberian Exiles in the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Empire43
4A Surreptitious Tolerance: Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Southern Balearic Islands55
5Assimilation and Identity in Spain, Portugal, and Their Colonies65
6Sephardic Remnants in Ioannina75
7The Power of Speech among the Sephardim81
IIILanguage, Literature, Philosophy
8What Language Did the Jews Speak in Pre-Expulsion Spain?99
9Don Isaac Abravanel on Exile and Redemption113
10Judaic Motifs and Religious Inclinations in Romance al divin martir, Juda Creyente by Antonio Enriquez Gomez (1600-1663)125
11Sebastian de Horozco (1510-1580), the Ambivalent Anti-Semitic Converso141
12The Judeo-Spanish Press in Salonika: From Glory to Destruction151
13The Allure of Sepharad157
IVMusic and Dance
14Is Sephardic Dance Too Sexy?167
15Sephardic Vocal Music and the Tape Recorder: New Life or the End of an Oral Tradition?179
16The Mediaization of Judeo-Spanish Song189
VEpilogue: The Future of Sephardism
17The Sephardic Educational Center: Crisis of Identity and Assimilation in Modern American Judaism207
About the Contributors215
Index219

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