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Diary of a Jewish Muslim: An Egyptian Novel

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Egyptian Muslims and Jews were not always at odds. Before the Arab-Israeli wars, before the mass exodus of Jews from Egypt after the pogroms and anti-Semitism of '30s and '40s, threats of death to '100,000 children", and the bombings and riots aganst the Jews in 1948, there had been harmony.
Offering an intimate yet panoramic view of the easy coexistence of Muslims, Jews, a
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by American University in Cairo Press (first published May 15th 2014)
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Jennifer V.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best thing a new story has going for it is an unusual character, circumstance, or setting. Diary of a Jewish Muslim: An Egyptian Novel (AUC Press, 2014), written by Kamal Ruhayyim and translated by Sarah Enany, had all three, making it treat to read. I doubt there are many fictional books about Jews in Arab countries, and even fewer readily available in English. Add in an inter-religious marriage, and this is definitely not your typical coming-of-age novel.

I’ll say right off: Don’t believe t
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Marisa James
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Very mild spoiler alert: my last sentence gives away the mood of the book’s ending.)
I wanted to love this book, honestly I did. And I really was fascinated by the descriptions of the life of Cairo’s Muslims and Jews. The main character, Galal, just isn’t the deepest thinker, and for most of the book he’s an adolescent boy - so the tone of the book is infected by his (very believable) grumpiness and rebellious idiocy. I came away wishing that the perspective had varied - perhaps giving us a vie
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arab-lit
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Deborah Mullins
I picked up this book at the 'Faith after the Pharaohs' exhibition at the British Museum last December and was intrigued by the title. The narrator is the son of a Jewish Egyptian woman in Cairo and her Muslim husband, dead as the story starts. Growing up with the Jewish family on his mother's side, amongst Muslim neighbours, and eventually encountering his paternal family, it offers a picture of a much less divided community, though not without its sectarian prejudices. The Jewish migration fro ...more
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Kamal Ruhayyim, born in Egypt in 1947, has a PhD in law from Cairo University. He is the author of a collection of short stories and four novels, as well as several books on law. Through his career in the Egyptian police force and as a head of Interpol he has lived in Cairo and Paris.

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