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New Babylonians : a history of Jews in modern Iraq

Author: Orit Bashkin
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although Iraqi Jews saw themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community - which had existed in Iraq for more than 2,500 years - was displaced following the establishment of the state of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state. It studies their ideas about Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, focusing on Iraqi
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Orit Bashkin
ISBN: 9780804778749 0804778744 9780804778756 0804778752
OCLC Number: 764361145
Description: xi, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Brothers and others : Iraqi identity and Arab Jewishness --
Nationalism and patriotism : visions of the nation --
The effendia : questions of secularism and Judaism --
Friends, neighbors, and enemies : fascism, anti-Semitism, and enemies --
Red Baghdad : Iraqi Jews and the ICP, 1941-51 --
An end? : Iraqi Jews and the Iraqi state, 1946-51.
Responsibility: Orit Bashkin.

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This book explores a historical moment in which a Middle Eastern Jewish community not only adopted a new nation, Iraq, but a new ethnicity, Arabism-and its ultimate demise.  Read more...

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"A profound sense of loss permeates Orit Bashkin's elegantly written chronicle of the last years of the Jewish presence in Iraq, viewed mostly through the writings of Jewish intellectuals in Iraq at Read more...

 
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