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Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women's Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope

Price : $22.75
ISBN # : 9788170461982
Author : Jael Silliman
pages: 198
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Seagull Books
Published : 2001

An invaluable cultural document shaped from a personal exploration, through the lives of four generations of Baghdadi Jewish women, of a social and cultural history of Baghdadi Jews in Calcutta, India. The author discovers, through the lives of her foremothers, how, despite being widely dispersed across Asia, they 'dwelled in travelling', creating a moving geography of Baghdadi Jewish culture. These rich family portraits convey a sense of the singular roles women played in building and sustaining a complex diaspora in what Silliman calls 'Jewish Asia' over the past 150 years. Her sketches of the everyday lives of her foremothers from the social and political relationships they forged to the food they ate and the clothes they wore- bring to life a community and a culture, even as they disclose the unexpected and subtle complexities of the colonial encounter as experienced by Jewish women.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 08 April, 2015.
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