Lezing: Jewish Cosmopolitanism in the Middle East: Baghdad 1920-1950.

1 december geeft PhD-kandidaat Sasha Sabbah-Goldstein van Universiteit Leiden/Institute for Religious Studies een lezing over Joods Bagdad. Wederom gratis toegang, wederom voor iedere geïnteresseerde. Deze lezing zal gegeven worden in het Engels.

Datum: Donderdag 1 december
Tijd: 19:00-21:00 uur
Locatie: P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134
Lokaal: 5.60

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The Jewish community of Baghdad is unique in that, up until its dissolution between 1948-1951, it represented the oldest Jewish Diaspora community. Internally the community spoke and wrote in its own distinct dialect of Judeo-Arabic, generally referred to as Judeo-Baghdadi. However, beginning in the late 19th century, the linguistic and cultural affiliations of the community began to change and broaden. This lecture compares the Arabizing trends encouraged by the Iraqi state and society with the various foreign Jewish channels that were also responsible for transforming the Jewish community of Baghdad from a largely local Jewish community in the 19th Century to a cosmopolitan Jewish community during the first half of the twentieth century.

These foreign Jewish influences coupled with the Arabizing tendencies which developed during the British Mandate and the early years of the Iraqi state led to a Jewish community which could negotiate and feel part of the new Arab Middle East in addition to European society present in the Middle East, and Jewish transnational culture. It is this rich and varied culture landscape that modernized and fundamentally changed the Jewish community of Baghdad.


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