Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews
Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXII
By (author) Peter Y. Medding
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Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews by Peter Y. Medding
Book DescriptionVolume XXII of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores the major and rapid changes experienced by a population known variously as "Sephardim," "Oriental" Jews. and "Mizrahim" over the last fifty years. Although Sephardim are popularly believed to have originated in Spain or Portugal, the majority of Mizrahi Jews today are actually the descendants of Jews from Muslim and Arab countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. They constitute a growing proportion of Israeli Jewry and continue to revitalize Jewish culture in places as varied as France, Latin America, and the United States. Sephardic Jewry and Mizrahi Jews offers a collection of new scholarship on the issues of self-definition and identity facing Sephardic Jewry. The essays draw on a variety of disciplines-demography, history, political science, sociology, religious and gender studies, anthropology, and literature. Contributors explore the issues surrounding the emergence and increasingly wide usage of "Mizrahi" in place of "Sephardic," as well as the invigoration of Sephardic Judaism. They look at the emergence of Sephardic politics in Israel through the dramatic rise and continuing influence of the Shas political party and its spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Other contributors examine the variegated nature of Mizrahi immigration to Israel, fictional portraits of female Mizrahi immigrants to Israel in the 1940s and 1950s, contemporary Mizrahi Israel feminism, modern Arab historiography's portrayal of Jews of Muslim lands, and the changing Sephardic halakhic tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195340976
(243mm x 165mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Peter Y. Medding
The Studies in Contemporary Jewry series is edited by Jonathan Frankel, Eli Lederhendler, Peter Y. Medding, and Ezra Mendelsohn, who teach Jewish history, society, and politics at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Peter Y. Medding, the editor of Volume XXII, is Dr. Israel Goldstein Professor Emeritus of Zionism and the State of Israel of the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of Jewish Identity in Conversionary and Mixed Marriages and The Founding of Israeli Democracy 1948-1967, among other titles.
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