On the Mediterranean and the Nile

The Jews of Egypt

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Aimée Israel-Pelletier
Indiana Series in Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies
  • Bloomington, IN: 
    Indiana University Press
    , March
     2018.
     288 pages.
     $30.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780253031921.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Dario Miccoli forthcoming.

Description

Aimée Israel-Pelletier examines the lives of Middle Eastern Jews living in Islamic societies in this political and cultural history of the Jews of Egypt. By looking at the work of five Egyptian Jewish writers, Israel-Pelletier confronts issues of identity, exile, language, immigration, Arab nationalism, European colonialism, and discourse on the Holocaust. She illustrates that the Jews of Egypt were a fluid community connected by deep roots to the Mediterranean and the Nile. They had an unshakable sense of being Egyptian until the country turned toward the Arab East. With Israel-Pelletier's deft handling, Jewish Egyptian writing offers an insider's view in the unique character of Egyptian Jewry and the Jewish presence across the Mediterranean region and North Africa.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Aimée Israel-Pelletier is Professor and Head of French at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Rimbaud's Impressionist Poetics: Vision and Visuality.

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