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ARAB JEWS – THE HISTORIES AND CULTURAL PRACTICES
In this course we will look at the histories and cultural practices of Arab Jews – Jews from countries where Arabic has been the language of daily life for centuries. Whether in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, or Morocco, Jewish communities from these areas have been active participants in the cultures and societies of the pan-Arab world.
Through investigating notable historical moments, and delving into the film, music, religious practices, and food of these communities, we will explore the historical roots of Arab Jewish communities and their major impacts in North Africa and the Middle East (including Israel). We will also look at how, for some, this identity term and relationship to Arab societies, histories, and cultures are oftentimes complex and hotly debated.
The course is given in English.
Course material is included in the course cost.
About the teacher
Maor Oz is a graduate student at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University. His current thesis work focuses on Mizrahi and Iraqi-Jewish identity, and the foods that support those identities. Prior to moving to Stockholm, Maor worked as a Mizrahi, Sephardi, and Arab-Jewish film specialist for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival for 6 years. His most recent publications have been on the Mizrahi LGBTQ+ sociolects of Hebrew and on the political dimensions of Arabic in Israeli music.