This book brings together a collection of 16 essays, first published in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, that explore Jewish communities in North Africa, Turkey and Iraq. The discussions are located primarily in the 20th century but essays also examine the Jewish community in 16th-century Istanbul, and in early modern Morocco. Topics include traumatic departures of communities from countries of centuries-old Jewish residence, and relocations; pilgrimages to holy sites by Mizrahi Jews in Israel; resonances of Shabbetai Zevi in Turkey and Morocco; "otherness" and the nature of homeland; the Sephardi culinary heritage as realised in the cookbooks of Claudia Roden; sites of memory, such as Kuzguncuk in Turkey; and a controversial view of the exclusions and erasures that Arabized Jews have undergone. In this unique collection a major, but not exclusive, theme is that of the instability of memory, and the attempt to understand the interactions between memory and history as Jews recount their experiences of living in, and often leaving, their past homelands.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

part 1|142 pages

North Africa

chapter 1|18 pages

Myth, History and Realpolitik: Morocco and its Jewish Community*

BySamir Ben-Layashi, Bruce Maddy-Weitzman

chapter 5|26 pages

Of Messiahs and Sultans: Shabbatai Zevi and Early Modernity in Morocco

ByEmily Benichou Gottreich

chapter 6|16 pages

Al-Bilad Al-Haqaniya? 1

Otherness and homeland in the case of Djerban Jewry
ByNomi Stone

part 2|162 pages

The Middle East

chapter 13|16 pages

Three German Travellers on Istanbul Jews

ByYaron Ben-Naeh, Giacomo Saban

chapter 15|19 pages

Arabic Journalism as a Vehicle for Enlightenment

Iraqi Jews in the Arabic press during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
ByReuven Snir