Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893-1958

Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893-1958

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Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893-1958 by Moshe Behar

This volume opens the canon of modern Jewish thought to the all too often overlooked writings of Jews from the Arab East, from the close of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Whether they identified as Sephardim, Mizrahim, anticolonialists, or Zionists, these thinkers engaged the challenges and transformations of Middle Eastern Jewry in this decisive period.

Moshe Behar and Zvi Ben-Dor Benite present Jewish culture and politics situated within overlapping Arabic, Islamic, and colonial contexts. The editors invite the reader to reconsider contemporary evocations of Levantine, Mizrahi, and Arab Jewish identities against the backdrop of writings by earlier Middle Eastern Jewish intellectuals who critically assessed or contested the implications of Western presence and Western Jewish presence in the Middle East; religion and secularization; and the rise of nationalism, communism, and Zionism, as well as the State of Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611683868
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Series: Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry & The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

MOSHE BEHAR is Pears Senior Lecturer in Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Manchester. ZVI BEN-DOR BENITE is professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Editors’ Note
Introduction: Mizrahi and Modern Middle Eastern Thought, Present and Past – Moshe Behar and Zvi Ben-Dor Benite
AVRAHAM ELMALEH
East and West
YA‘QUB SANNU‘
Some Teachings of the Koran
Transvaal’s Exemplary Rebels
The Koran
Ottoman Imperial Schools
My Last Dream
John Bull and the Egyptian Student
My Poor Eyes
Letter to Philip Tarrazi
ESTHER AZHARI MOYAL
Address at the American College for Girls in Beirut
Our Renaissance
MURAD FARAG
The War for Our Nation
NISSIM YA‘ACOV MALUL
Our Status in the Country, or the Question of Learning Arabic
BEN-ZION MEIR HAI UZIEL
Angels of Peace
A Speech in the Celebration of My Jubilee
JOSEPH ASLAN CATTAUI PACHA
On Solidarity and on Diversity
HAYYIM BEN-KIKI
European Culture in the East
On the Question of All Questions Concerning the Settling of the Land
MENAHEM SALIH DANIEL
Letter to Chayyim Weizmann
DAVID AVISAR
A Proposal Concerning the Question of Understanding and Reaching an Agreement with the Arabs of the Land of Israel
ELIE (ELIYAHU) ELIACHAR
A Jew of Palestine before the Royal Commission
Jews and Arabs
IBRAHIM AL-KABIR
Evidence Given to Palestine’s Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, Which Visited Baghdad
YUSUF HARUN ZILKHA AND SASSON SHALOM DALLAL
Zionism against Arabs and Jews
Last Letter
MARSIL SHIRIZI
Anti-Zionism for the Sake of Jews and the Sake of Egypt
HENRI CURIEL
Egyptian Communists and the Jewish Question
What Ought to Be the First Official Message from the DMNL to the Israeli Communist Party?
Some Clarifications on “Social Democracy”
SAMI MICHAEL
The Newly Arrived Men of Letters
JACQUELINE SHOHET KAHANOFF
Bridge to the Oriental Immigrants
DAVID SITTON
A Call for Deepening “The Mizrahi Consciousness” among Us
AVRAHAM ABBAS
From Ingathering to Integration: The Communal Problem in Israel
Publication Credits
Index

What People are Saying About This

Reuven Snir

“One of the most significant contributions to the study of the transformations of identities among the vibrant communities of Middle Eastern Jewry.”

David N. Myers

“Moshe Behar and Zvi Ben-Dor Benite have done a great service to scholarship by bringing together sources that reflect the robust discourse among Jewish intellectuals of Middle Eastern origin. They are to be heartily commended for this important act of historical reclamation.”

Ammiel Alcalay

“For complex political, historical, cultural, and linguistic reasons, the sources gathered in this book are virtually unknown. The editors must be commended for their meticulous presentation and the spirit in which this essential labor has been undertaken. This landmark collection opens the floodgates to new research in many fields.”

Lital Levy

“Pathbreaking and compelling, Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought is a sorely needed intervention in Jewish intellectual history. This book should be taught widely in college courses on Jewish and Middle Eastern history.”

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