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Part ethnography, part history, and part memoir, this volume chronicles the complex past and dynamic present of an ancient Mizrahi community. While intimately tied to the Central Asian landscape, the Jews of Bukhara have also maintained deep connections to the wider Jewish world. As the community began to disperse after the fall of the Soviet Union, Alanna E. Cooper traveled to Uzbekistan to document Jewish life there before it disappeared. Drawing on ethnographic research there, as well as among immigrants to the US and Israel, Cooper tells an intimate and personal story about what it means to be Bukharan Jewish. Together with her historical research about a series of dramatic encounters between Bukharan Jews and Jews from other parts of the world, this lively narrative illuminates the tensions inherent in maintaining Judaism as a single global religion over the course of its long and varied diaspora history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. PREFACE: Reining in Diaspora’s Margins
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Part 1. Introduction
  2. p. 1
  1. 1 First Encounter: Bukharan Jewish Immigrants in an Ashkenazi School in New York
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2 Writing Bukharan Jewish History: Memory, Authority, and Peoplehood
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. Part 2. Eighteenth-Century Conversations
  2. p. 33
  1. 3 An Emissary from the Holy Land in Central Asia
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 4 Revisiting the Story of the Emissary from the Holy Land
  2. pp. 57-66
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  1. Part 3. Nineteenth-Century Conversations
  2. p. 67
  1. 5 Russian Colonialism and Central Asian Jewish Routes
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. 6 A Matter of Meat: Local and Global Religious Leaders in Conversation
  2. pp. 88-119
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  1. 7 Building a Neighborhood and Constructing Bukharan Jewish Identity
  2. pp. 120-136
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  1. Part 4. Twentieth-Century Conversations
  2. p. 137
  1. 8 Local Jewish Forms
  2. pp. 139-168
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  1. 9 International Jewish Organizations Encounter Local Jewish Community Life
  2. pp. 169-202
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  1. 10 Varieties of Bukharan Jewishness
  2. pp. 203-229
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  1. 11 Negotiating Authenticity and Identity: Bukharan Jews Encounter Each Other and the Self
  2. pp. 230-252
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  1. 12 Jewish History as a Conversation
  2. pp. 253-262
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 263-284
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 285-294
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 295-305
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253006554
Print ISBN
9780253006431
MARC Record
OCLC
822992156
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-13
Language
English
Open Access
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