Jewish Communities in Exotic Places

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Jewish Communities in Exotic Places examines seventeen Jewish groups that are referred to in Hebrew as edot ha-mizrach, Eastern or Oriental Jewish communities. These groups, situated in remote places on the Asian and African Jewish geographical periphery, became isolated from the major centers of Jewish civilization over the centuries and embraced some interesting practices and aspects of the dominant cultures in which they were situated.

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This unique volume looks at seventeen Jewish communities in Third World countries and chronicles the history of these groups by tracing their survival, exploring aspects of their culture, religion, and folkways. These Jewish communities are situated in remote places on the Asian and African Jewish geographical periphery, which, over the centuries, became isolated from the major centers of Jewish civilization.

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