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Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought
Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893–1958
Moshe Behar, ed.; Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, ed.




Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought
Brandeis University Press
2013 • 272 pp. 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Middle East Studies

$26.00 Paperback, 978-1-58465-885-6
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-884-9

$25.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-386-8

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
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“The intellectual history of eastern Sephardim of the Arab Mediterranean and Levant in modern times (end of nineteenth to mid-twentieth century) remains largely terra incognita (except through literary writings) even in Sephardic and more recent Mizrahi studies. . . . The editors begin to remedy this deficit with an anthology of original writings (mostly translated from Arabic), by distinguished Jewish men and women of culture who were equally at home in Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus or Jerusalem/Palestine, offering a potentially distinct contribution to modern Jewish thought.”—Sephardic Horizons

The first anthology of modern Middle Eastern Jewish thought

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.

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Endorsements:

“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.” —David N. Myers, UCLA

“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.” —Lital Levy, Princeton University



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.






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