>The Return to Al-Andalus
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Year:
2020
Catalog number :
45-006004
ISBN:
978-965-7008-89-8
Pages:
372
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The Return to Al-Andalus

Disputes Over Sephardic Culture and Identity Between Arabic and Hebrew

Synopsis

The book traces contested visions and representations of al-Andalus/Sepharad in modern Jewish discourse through an in-depth analysis of the work of Sephardi intellectual network in the turn of the twentieth century Palestine/Land of Israel. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous political and social events of that period, and processes of national, ethnic, and religious partitions, the book explores the ways in which these Sephardi intellectuals fundamentally challenged the nationalistic and monolingual ideologies and looks at their efforts to establish a shared Jewish-Arab society based on a symbolic return to the Sephardi/Andalusian medieval legacy of Hebrew-Arabic bilingualism and a Judeo-Muslim joint cultural heritage. By exploring these contested representations of Sephardi identity and culture the book re-examines some fundamental issues that emerged at the turn of the twentieth century and which still accompany us to this day: the national conflict between Jews and Palestinians, the contacts and splits between Hebrew and Arab culture and the formation of ethnic hierarchies between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim. 

The book aims to contribute to the growing interest in modern Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewish history and to broaden the scope of “Jewish studies” beyond the European Jewish experience. 

Reviews

The author discusses his book / University of Oxford podcast, November 2020

"[...] the book aims to contribute to the growing interest in Arab-Jewish and Middle Eastern Jewish history and to broaden the scope of “Jewish studies” beyond the European Jewish experience." - Jewish Studies at King's, August 2020