The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry, Volume 11: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora

Joel Beinin (Author)


In this provocative and wide-ranging history, Joel Beinin examines fundamental questions of ethnic identity by focusing on the Egyptian Jewish community since 1948. A complex and heterogeneous people, Egyptian Jews have become even more diverse as their diaspora continues to the present day. Central to Beinin's study is the question of how people handle multiple identities and loyalties that are dislocated and reformed by turbulent political and cultural processes. It is a question he grapples with himself, and his reflections on his experiences as an American Jew in Israel and Egypt offer a candid, personal perspective on the hazards of marginal identities.

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
July 13, 1998
6.4 X 1.34 X 9.31 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Joel Beinin is Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University, California. His publications include The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora (1998) and Was the Red Flag Flying There? Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel, 1948 65 (1990).


"Here for the first time is a work of scholarship which illuminates the life of Egypt's Jews, their struggle to be--or remai--Egyptian after hundreds, sometiems thousands of years in the region, and their trials in the diaspora as they redefine a complex identity. . . . Not only does "The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewrydispel many of the Orientalist myths about life in Egypt, with a particular focus on the post-war period, it builds, as its subtitle suggests, a model for valorization of the Levantine identity which Egyptian Jews typify."--"NASAWI News