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The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion

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From the ninth century on, there was an indigenous Jewish community in the city of Kaifeng in northeastern China. Separated by thousands of miles from the rest of the world, and largely cut off from contact with the main centers of Jewish life, the Kaifeng Jews developed a distinctive culture that was unquestionably Jewish, but progressively absorbed Chinese elements. Thei ...more
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Published January 1st 2003 by Ktav Publishing House
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Leah R
The mysterious history of the Jews of Kaifeng! This book made me even more fascinated with them than I was before, after I talked about the topic with my Chinese history professor last semester.

Overall I found the book very enlightening, about a Jewish community that existed for hundreds of years (closer to a thousand, but there's a whole chapter on the debates over when they actually arrived in China so hard to be precise) almost completely isolated from the larger Jewish communities in the res
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giselayvonne
this book was longer than it needed to be, short on facts, and oddly structured. i think there are much better books on the topic.
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