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A Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Family: Challenging Stereotypes

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Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

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Join IIJS for the Salo Baron New Voices Lecture with Dr. Liat Maggid-Alon.

Since the 1960's, the history of the family has become an important branch of social history. In Middle Eastern studies, however, its' impact is still quite limited. Modernization theories often present the family as a social institution in decline. In the context of Middle Eastern societies, the family is also described as a "traditional" player, halting "progress" and restricting liberal processes. This lecture will call this perspective into question.

In this discussion, information gleaned from life stories of former members of the Jewish community in Egypt during the first half of the 20th century will be explored. In addition, we'll compare this new knowledge with documents from a partial archive of the Jewish Sephardi community and Grand Rabbinate of Cairo, which has not been systematically researched or analyzed until now.

Supported by the generosity of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation.


Dr. Liat Maggid-Alon is a Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of History, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Additional Information: Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Doors open at 5:45 pm.

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