The Jews Of The Middle East And North Africa In Modern Times

The Jews Of The Middle East And North Africa In Modern Times

by Reeva Spector Simon
     
 

Despite considerable research on the Jewish diaspora in the Middle East and North Africa since 1800, there has until now been no comprehensive synthesis that illuminates both the differences and commonalities in Jewish experience across a range of countries and cultures. This lacuna in both Jewish and Middle Eastern studies is due partly to the fact that in general

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Overview

Despite considerable research on the Jewish diaspora in the Middle East and North Africa since 1800, there has until now been no comprehensive synthesis that illuminates both the differences and commonalities in Jewish experience across a range of countries and cultures. This lacuna in both Jewish and Middle Eastern studies is due partly to the fact that in general histories of the region, Jews have been omitted from the standard narrative. As part of the religious and ethnic mosaic that was traditional Islamic society, Jews were but one among numerous minorities and so have lacked a systematic treatment.

Addressing this important oversight, this volume documents the variety and diversity of Jewish life in the region over the last two hundred years. It explains the changes that affected the communities under Islamic rule during its "golden age" and describes the processes of modernization that enabled the Jews to play a pivotal role in their respective countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The first half of the book is thematic, covering topics ranging from languages to economic life and from religion and music to the world of women. The second half is a country-by-country survey that covers Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, the Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Jewish Press - Michael Skakun
Perhaps no single volume encompasses the history of Jews in the Muslim world with quite the comprehensive sweep and topical richness as The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times.

William M. Brinner
This is a very essential and long-awaited work about an important ancient part of the Jewish world little-known by many. A superbly organized book.

Sephardim Today
This timely volume addresses an important topic that has recently risen to the fore amidst general ignorance: the lives of the Jews of Muslim lands during the last 200 years... This is a book that should be a part of everyone's personal library.

The Jewish Press
Perhaps no single volume encompasses the history of Jews in the Muslim world with quite the comprehensive sweep and topical richness as The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times.

— Michael Skakun

Jewish Book World
Well researched and clearly written, the book is a major contribution to the field, and appropriate for academic, public and center libraries as well as for individuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231107969
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
1.44(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Norman A. Stillman
This is a very well-conceived and valuable reference volume for the social and cultural history of Sephardi/Mizrahi Jewry over the past two centuries. The rich and detailed variety of regional and topical presentations will make it a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on this important, but hitherto neglected area of the Jewishexperience.

Daniel Schroeter
This volume fills an important gap in our knowledge of Jewish diasporas with its comprehensive picture of the historical experience of Jews in the Muslim world and their encounter with modernity. This book will likely become indispensable for students and suggestive of new research agendas for years to come.

William M. Brinner
This is a very essential and long-awaited work about an important ancient part of the Jewish world little-known by many. A superbly organized book.

Meet the Author

Reeva Spector Simon is associate director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University and author of Iraq Between the Two World Wars. Michael Menachem Laskier teaches at the newly created Department of Middle East History at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and is the author of eight books, including Israel and the Arab World: Israeli-Maghrebi Common Interests,Encounters, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (forthcoming). Sara Reguer is chair of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Columbia University Press

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