A Republic of Letters without a Republic?

By Lital Levy

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Fall 2010

The Jewish connection to Baghdad is remarkable in its duration and intensity. Ever since the city's founding in the eighth century, Jews have resided in Baghdad continually. At certain points in the early- to mid-twentieth century, Jews formed the largest single ethnic sector within the city's multiethnic population. As the major center of Middle Eastern Jewish cultural modernity in the twentieth century, Baghdad enjoyed a wealth of Jewish schools, clubs, cultural institutions, and a local Jewish press. This rich history came to an abrupt end in the years immediately following 1948, when the Arab defeat and loss of Palestine led to an anti-Jewish backlash, orchestrated in part through the government and media.

Topic: Literature, History, Jewish-Arab Relations, Arab-Israeli Conflict, War, Israeli-Arab Conflict

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Fall 2010

Page Number(s): 24-26

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Iraq

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Levy, Lital. A Republic of Letters without a Republic?. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Fall 2010: 24-26. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11997


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