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ISBN: 9774248902
Author: Joel Beinin
Language: English
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press (April 1, 2005)
Pages: 342
Category: World
Subcategory: History
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Start by marking The Dispersion Of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, And The Formation Of A Modern Diaspora as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Fusing history, ethnography, literary analysis, and autobiography, Joel Beinin conducts an interdisciplinary investigation into identity, dispersion, and the retrieval of identity that is relevant for anyone interested in Egypt, the Jewish diaspora, or the formation of cultures and identities.

Beinin frames his study of Egyptian Jewry against two competing, but in his opinion greatly flawed perspectives. The first, a pro-Zionist position, is that Egyptian Jewry lived a precarious and persecuted existence in Egypt and were only saved because of the existence of the Zionist state. The second, regularly enunciated by the Egyptian government, is that Jews in Egypt enjoyed respect and toleration only to have popular trust in them undermined by Zionist propaganda and actions.

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Beinin, Joel: The Dispersion Of Egyptian Jewry Culture, Politics, And The Formation Of A Modern Diaspora Berkeley: University of California Press, c1998. Amer Univ in Cairo Pr, 2005, ISBN 977-424-890-2. Beinin, Joel and Rebecca L Stein: The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine And Israel, 1993–2005, (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures) Stanford Univ Pr, 2006, ISBN 0-8047-5364-4.

About the Author Joel Beinin is professor of Middle East history at Stanford University. His latest book is Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (2001). He was president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 2001-02. Message (please, no HTML tags.

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In this provocative and wide-ranging history, Joel Beinin examines fundamental questions of ethnic identity by focusing on the Egyptian Jewish community since 1948. A complex and heterogeneous people, Egyptian Jews have become even more diverse as their diaspora continues to the present day. Central to Beinin's study is the question of how people handle multiple identities and loyalties that are dislocated and reformed by turbulent political and cultural processes.

University of california press. Berkeley · Los Angeles · London. Preferred Citation: Beinin, Joel. The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora. Berkeley: University of California Press, c. org/ark:/13030/ft2290045n/.

Preferred Citation: Beinin, Joel. The task of representing the heterogeneity of the Egyptian Jewish community has led me to compose this book somewhat unconventionally. To Miriam, my life partner.

Egypt’s indigenous Jewish population comprised Arabic-speaking Rabbanite and Karaite Jews, some of whom had been in the country since the early Islamic era. The Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 took refuge in Egypt, and Sephardic immigrants augmented their numbers in the midnineteenth century. Originally welcomed elsewhere in the Ottoman Empire, these Spanish Jews came to Egypt seeking economic opportunity in the era of Suez Canal construction and the cotton boom. The late nineteenth century brought Ashkenazi Jews fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe. The different groups formed a heterogeneous community of cosmopolitan hybrids, which were both an element of strength and a factor in its eventual demise. The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry examines the history of the Egyptian Jewish community after 1948. It focuses on three major areas: the life of the majority of the community, which remained in Egypt from the1948 Arab-Israeli War until the aftermath of the 1956 Suez/Sinai War; the dispersion and reestablishment of Egyptian Jewish communities in the United States, France, and Israel; and contested memories of Jewish life in Egypt since President Anwar al-Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem in 1977. Fusing history, ethnography, literary analysis, and autobiography, Joel Beinin conducts an interdisciplinary investigation into identity, dispersion, and the retrieval of identity that is relevant for anyone interested in Egypt, the Jewish Diaspora, or the formation of cultures and identities.

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Haal
This publication offers in-depth perspective and resolves many controversial dates and events that vary in other publications. A solid scholarly work. Given that only a dozen Jews (elderly women) reside in Egypt in 2014, Beinin's historical research is especially useful.
Virtual
This is an amazing and authoritative monumental work written by a Jew born in America who manage to learn and be fluent both in Egyptian Arabic dialect and in Hebrew. Some Egyptian Jews were upset because the book is telling that the Jews of Egypt were not Zionist, but the fact is that less than half of the Jews of Egypt immigrated to Israel and during the forties a substantial number of Egyptian young Jews were communists. Some Karaite Jews were also upset because the author called them "An Arab Jewish community" but the author explains that: "The Karaites were a distinctively Egyptian group (except for a minuscule number of Karaite immigrants from Turkey and elsewhere) with a highly Arabized culture, like the Iraqi or Yemeni" This book make Justice to the Jewish Karaite community of Egypt, they are mentioned in almost every chapter in the book. I enjoyed very much reading this serious book. I highly recommend this book to every Jew born In Egypt. I would like to recommend a memoir book written by Henry Mourad about the good life before Nasser and the oppression of the Jews during the nasser regime Exodus II The Promised Land
Qwert
Joel Beinin loathes Israel, and in this book, admits as much. He reports his ideological transformation on Kibbutz Lahav in 1970, his course from Labor Zionism to the "new left" at Hebrew University, from which he migrated to Trotskyite anti-Zionism and Maoism and concluded, "I was no longer a Zionist." An admitted Marxist, Beinin has for 30 years vigorously opposed "the Zionist project."

As a consequence, this book is not history. Rather, it accepts facts only for ideological use. No subject escapes unharmed. Like his prior books, this one attempts to advance Marxism while denigrating Jews, Judaism--and Israel.

Beinin claims that Israeli and Egyptian "political considerations" prevented Jewish refugees from telling their story. Yet he dismisses bona fide histories produced by refugees like Bat Ye'or and Yehoshafat Harkabi as gloomy "neo-lachrymose interpretation." They're accurate.

The author counts these historians worthless because their work (he says) carries the "imprimatur of...Israel, the Zionist movement, world Jewry, and...normative Zionist interpretation" --- and purportedly diminish Palestinian claims. By this flawed logic, only Arabs or anti-Zionists could accurately report on 1 million Jewish refugees forced from their homes in Arab lands, while Jewish victims must remain in perpetual silence.

Not surprisingly, given his own bias, Beinin minimizes Egyptian anti-Semitism too. He dismisses pervasive Egyptian media ridicule of Jewish leaders during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It is not "an expression of primordial Arab or Muslim anti-Jewish sentiment."

Beinin likewise dismisses the waves of false arrests to which Egyptian Karaite and other Jews were subjected in the 1940s, 1950s and 60s. He claims this was not anti-Semitism, either. He cites rabbinic denunciations of Zionism, made under duress, as "proof" that Egyptian Jews were not Zionists and claims that Jewish leaders "shamelessly exploited" and "grossly exaggerated" Egypt's "Nazi-like anti-Semitism."

Nevertheless, the facts are: Egypt's government frequently published hateful tracts like Shawki Abdel Nasser's Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Teachings of the Talmud. Moreover, former Nazis and SS officials seamlessly joined Egypt's government, and had huge influence. They were welcomed with open arms, since Egypt was anti-Semitic to start --- and fertile ground to further propagate Nazi ideology co-morbid with their own.

--Alyssa A. Lappen
MrRipper
This false history begins as a lie and ends as a lie. This book ignores 100% its subject, which is the 'dispersion of Egyptian Jewry'. Instead this book spends its time bashing Israel and then blaming the Egyptian Jews when they were rounded up, abused, tortured and jailed, for what crime? For the crime of daring to be Jewish. This book never mentions half the events that took place with Egyptian Jewry following 1948, which is sopposed to be the basis of the text. This book, because of its political hatred of Israel, abuses the history of Egyptian Jewry in order to lash Israel, a tragedy of history and a tragedy on the subject.
Seth J. Frantzman
Shazel
As one who was born and raised in Nasser's Egypt until forced to leave at age 18 after the 1967 Six-Day War, I found this book to be incredibly biased against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews of Egypt. I don't understand how universities can tolerate such shoddy and tendentious scholarship among their faculty. What the reader is served here is ideology-driven revisionism, not history.

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