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The dispersion of Egyptian Jewry : culture, politics, and the formation of a modern diaspora /
Joel Beinin.
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Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c1998.
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xii, 329 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0520211758 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c1998.
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0520211758 (alk. paper)
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2110403
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-322) and index.
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"The best sort of historical revisionism--sophisticated but unobtrusive in its use of theory, consistently contextual in its assessment of sources and texts, open-ended and suggestive of broader implications in its conclusions."--James Jankowski, coauthor ofRedefining the Egyptian Nation, 1930-1945
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"The best sort of historical revisionism--sophisticated but unobtrusive in its use of theory, consistently contextual in its assessment of sources and texts, open-ended and suggestive of broader implications in its conclusions."--James Jankowski, coauthor of Redefining the Egyptian Nation, 1930-1945
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
Beinin (Stanford Univ), author of Was the Red Flag Flying There? Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel, 1948-1965 (1990), offers a detailed and analytical follow-up of Gudrun Kramer's The Jews in Modern Egypt, 1914-1952 (CH, Mar'90). Beinin examines the history of the heterogenous Egyptian Jewish community--those who remained in Egypt through the 1956 Suez/Sinai War, the dynamics of their dispersion, the re-establishment of this community in Israel, France, and the US, and the reinterpretation of this experience following the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement. He rejects both self-justifying perspectives of the Zionist that stress the oppression and persecution of Jews in Egypt and as well those of the Egyptian nationalist, who sees a prosperous and well-treated Jewish community in Egypt. "Neither the Israeli nor the Egyptian nationalist narrative offers an adequate framework for comprehending the modern experience of Egyptian Jews." Highly recommended, whether or not one agrees with the author, for serious undergraduate and graduate students interested in Middle East studies, Jewish issues, minority concerns, and historiography. B. Harris Jr.; Occidental College
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In this provocative and wide-ranging history, Joel Beinin examines fundamental questions of ethnic identity by focusing on the Egyptian Jewish community since 1948. A complex and heterogeneous people, Egyptian Jews have become even more diverse as their diaspora continues to the present day. Central to Beinin's study is the question of how people handle multiple identities and loyalties that are dislocated and reformed by turbulent political and cultural processes. It is a question he grapples with himself, and his reflections on his experiences as an American Jew in Israel and Egypt offer a candid, personal perspective on the hazards of marginal identities.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Discourses and Materialities of Identity
Communitarianisms, Nationalisms, Nostalgiasp. 31
Citizens, Dhimmis, and Subversivesp. 60
Nazis and Spies: The Discourse of Operation Susannahp. 90
Diasporas and the Reconstruction of Identity
The Graduates of ha-Shomer ha-Tza'ir in Israelp. 121
The Communist Emigres in Francep. 142
The Karaites of the San Francisco Bay Areap. 179
Egyptian-Israeli Peace and Egyptian Jewish Histories
The Recovery of Egyptian Jewish Identityp. 207
Opposing Camp David and Remembering the Jews of Egypt: Trends in Recent Egyptian Historical Writingp. 241
Interview with Jacques Hassoun: "I am Jewish because I am Egyptian. I am Egyptian because I am Jewish."p. 269
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 323
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