Conference: Jews of Arab Culture, 1948-2009

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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The conference Jews of Arab Culture, 1948-2009 will be held from 22 - 24 June 2009 at Cambridge University. The conference is organized by the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR) and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.

"While the study of medieval and early modern Judaeo-Arabic culture & literature is a comparatively well established field in Western academia, there exists so far no comprehensive study of the more recent Arabic literature written by Jews. Central aspects of the last sixty years of Jewish-Arabic culture and literature have not yet been systematically surveyed and studied.
The conference will attempt to fill this gap and explore various aspects of the process of 'De-Arabization' of the literary culture of "Arab Jews" since the 1940s. How did Jews (Jewish writers) who emigrated to Israel from different parts of the Arab world react or even resist this transformational process and how did it impact on the Palestinian literature? The conference will consist of six sessions, five of which will be dedicated to a specific region in the Arab world and explore the literature and culture within the respective Jewish community:
  1. Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia)
  2. Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula
  3. Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
  4. Egypt, Libya, Sudan
  5. Israel & Palestine
  6. Hebrew literature in Arabic and Arabic literature
    in Hebrew: the ideology behind translations."


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