From the Shahs to Los Angeles
Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: State University of New York Press
From The Shasto Los to Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture
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Chapter One: Women of Change
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Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of Iranians outside of Iran.1 With the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the consequent fall of Mohammad Reza Shah and the Pahlavi dynasty, seventy thousand Iranian Jews fled the newly forming Islamic fundamentalist country and flocked to the United ...
Chapter Two: The Generation of the Constitutional Monarchy
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An elderly Persian woman makes a dramatic gesture of opening her arms widely as the Torah is lifted out of the Ark. She then places her hands over her eyes, says a blessing, and kisses her hands. She most likely neither understands the prayer service nor the rabbi’s sermon, yet she will walk, get ...
Chapter Three: All the Shah’s Women
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A middle-aged Iranian Jewish woman is gracefully socializing and greeting the seven hundred guests at her daughter’s wedding. She has spent the past year preparing for this event, while also planning the numerous parties that are thrown for the couple before the wedding. She has carefully picked every ...
Chapter Four: Life in Los Angeles
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This chapter explores what life is like for second-generation Iranian Jewish women in Los Angeles, including how immigration forced many women to start working and contributing to the family income. Some of the women reveled in being working women, while others felt a great deal of ...
Chapter Five: Jewish American and Persian
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A large house in Beverly Hills has turned into a nightclub, celebrating a graduation, an anniversary, a birthday, or no specific event at all. There is a large bar serving alcoholic drinks. The bartender is busy serving whiskey, vodka, tequila, and the latest “it” drink—one year it was apple martinis, ...
Chapter Six: Conclusion
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This book has woven together women’s stories in order to tell a larger story of the collective history and experience of three generations of Iranian Jewish women. Through an ethnographic portrait of what life was like for Iranian Jewish women living in Iran and later in the United States, the book has explored the political and ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012