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The Last Jews in Baghdad: Remembering a Lost Homeland

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Once upon a time, Baghdad was home to a flourishing Jewish community. More than a third of the city's people were Jews, and Jewish customs and holidays helped set the pattern of Baghdad's cultural and commercial life. On the city's streets and in the bazaars, Jews, Muslims, and Christians--all native-born Iraqis--intermingled, speaking virtually the same colloquial Arabic ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by University of Texas Press (first published October 1st 2004)
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واخيراً انتهيت من قراءة هذه التحفةالتأريخية، فهي وان كانت مذكرات شخصية الا ان الكاتب تعمق في ذكر تفاصيل عن حقبة العشرينات، ثلاثينات واربعينات القرن الماضي للعراق الجميل المختلف الاطياف.

ذكر نسيم رجوان عادات يهود العراق وتقاليدهم واكلاتهم وادق تفاصيل حياته الشخصيه منذ طفولته حتى اضطراره للهجرة القسرية عام ١٩٥١ بعمر الخمسة وعشرون سنة.
عاش خلالها في احياء بغداد الفقيرة بين المسلمين والمسيح والصابئة.

من الجدير بالذكر ان الكاتب لم يسعى لترويج فكرة عودة اليهود الى بغداد فهذا الشيء مستبعد او شبه مستحيل بع
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ماهر Battuti
A good account of a first hand testimony of the Jewish community in Baghdad, narrated in a simple way that mentions many famous Iraqi men of letters.
Michael Connolly
Jews have been living in Iraq since Biblical times, when the Babylonians brought them to their country. In 1921 Jews made up 80 thousand of the two hundred thousand people living in Baghdad. Jews were well integrated into the life of the city, as were the Christians, Armenians, Kurds, Turks and Persians. Arabic was the common language. The author socialized mainly with other Jews, in particular, with his extended family but also with other ethnicities. Religion was mainly ritual rather than idea ...more
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On my Wishlist for a read, had I known how to properly use the add shelf function, I wouldn't have to double this comment in a review section!
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Nissim Rejwan, born in Baghdad, is currently (2004) a Research Fellow at the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Over a six-decade career as a historian and journalist, he has published a dozen books, including The Jews of Iraq: 3000 Years of History and Culture and Israel's Place in the Middle East: A Pluralist Perspective, for whi ...more
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