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Jews of the Amazon : self-exile in earthly paradise

Author: Ariel Segal Freilich
Publisher: Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Jews of the Amazon, a fascinating look at a unique community in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, contributes more thought to the ongoing debate of "who is a Jew?" The author, a Jewish historian and writer born in Venezuela, spent four months living in one of the most isolated cities in history, Iquitos, Peru. There he studied "Jewish mestizos," the descendants of native Amazonian women and Jewish fortune-seekers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ariel Segal Freilich
ISBN: 0827606699 9780827606692
OCLC Number: 40654738
Description: xxiii, 341 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The Amazon and Iquitos: Center or Periphery? --
2. Leon Pinelo's Realms: Jews in Lima and Iquitos --
3. The Religion of the "Jewish Mestizos" --
4. Jewishness in Lima and Iquitos --
5. The "Jewish Mestizos": A "Marranic" Remnant of Israel --
6. When Lima Met Iquitos --
7. Inter- and Intra-Views --
8. The Researcher as Protagonist --
9. Conclusions: Retracing the Steps.
Responsibility: by Ariel Segal.
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Presents a study of Jewish community in one of the world's most isolated places: the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.  Read more...

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"Meticulous research . . . and . . . engrossing writing (at times, his account reads like a novel) combine with an ethnographic richness to make this a fascinating scholarly book."-Library Journal * Read more...

 
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