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In June 2017, the Jews of Libya commemorated the jubilee of their complete exodus from this North African land in 1967, which began with a mass migration to Israel in 1948–49. Jews had resided in Libya since Phoenician times, seventeen centuries before their encounter with the Arab conquest in AD 644–646. Their disappearance from Libya, like most other Jewish communities in North Africa and the Middle East, led to their fragmentation across the globe as well as reconstitution in two major centers, Israel and Italy.

Distinctive Libyan Jewish traditions and a broad cultural heritage have survived and prospered in different places in Israel and in Rome, Italy, where Libyan Jews are recognized for their vibrant contribution to Italian Jewry. Nevertheless, with the passage of time, memories fade among the younger generations and multiple identities begin to overshadow those inherited over the centuries. Capturing the essence of Libyan Jewish cultural heritage, this anthology aims to reawaken and preserve the memories of this community. Jewish
Libya collects the work of scholars who explore the community’s history, its literature and dialect, topography and cuisine, and the difficult negotiation of trauma and memory. In shedding new light on this now-fragmented culture and society, this collection commemorates and celebrates vital elements of Libyan Jewish heritage and encourages a lively intergenerational exchange among the many Jews of Libyan origin worldwide.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. In Memoriam
  2. Maurice M. Roumani
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. David Meghnagi
  3. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jacques Roumani
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part One. History
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. 1. The Jewish Revolt against the Romans in Cyrenaica, 115–117 CE: Archaeological Evidence, Causes, and Course of the Revolt
  2. Shimon Applebaum
  3. pp. 19-38
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  1. 2. Libyan Jews in the Islamic Arab and Ottoman Periods
  2. Maurice M. Roumani
  3. pp. 39-42
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  1. Part Two. Folkways, Language, Habitat
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. 3. Mafrum, Haraimi, Tebiha, Bsisa, and Other Culinary Specialities: Tastes, Symbols, and Meaning
  2. Hamos Guetta
  3. pp. 45-67
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  1. 4. Tradition with Modernity: From Ottoman Times (1835–1911) to Italian Encounters (1900–)
  2. Harvey E. Goldberg
  3. pp. 68-84
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  1. 5. Libyan Judeo-Arabic: The Arabic Dialect and the Judeo-Arabic of the Jews of Tripoli
  2. Sumikazu Yoda
  3. pp. 85-106
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  1. 6. The Vanishing Landscape: A Retrospective Glance at the Topos of Libyan Jews
  2. Jack Arbib
  3. pp. 107-152
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  1. Part Three. Women
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. 7. Libyan Jewish Women as a Marginalized Vanguard in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
  2. Rachel Simon
  3. pp. 155-171
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  1. 8. Libyan Jewish Women in Italy and Israel Today
  2. Gheula Canarutto Nemni and Judith Roumani
  3. pp. 172-182
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  1. Part Four. Voices
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. 9. Life Interrupted: Interviews with Jews of Libyan Origin
  2. Vivienne Roumani-Denn
  3. pp. 185-202
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  1. 10. Growing Up Jewish in Benghazi: An Interview with Samuele Zarrugh
  2. Jacques Roumani
  3. pp. 203-210
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  1. Part Five. Sufferings
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. 11. Violence and the Liturgical/Literary Tradition: Joining the Chorus while Retaining Your Voice
  2. Harvey E. Goldberg
  3. pp. 213-225
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  1. 12. Yossi Sucary’s Novel Benghazi—Bergen-Belsen in the Context of North African Jewish Literature of the Holocaust
  2. Judith Roumani
  3. pp. 226-243
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  1. 13. Libyan Jews between Memory and History
  2. David Meghnagi
  3. pp. 244-282
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  1. Selected General Bibliography
  2. pp. 283-292
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  1. Interviews
  2. pp. 293-294
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 295-298
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-321
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815654278
Related ISBN
9780815635628
MARC Record
OCLC
1031413171
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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