This lecture is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor through an endowed lectureship in Sephardic Judaism.
In person event in Hyde Hall University Room. Free and open to the public.
Parking: Swain Lot.
Mizrahim and Zionism 1893-1959: A History in Three Keys
As the recent elections in Israel showed us again, the encounter between European and Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) Jewries in the modern Jewish state has always been tense and politically fraught. Since the later 1970s, it has also been the subject of intense scholarly debate. This talk presents the critical aspects of this debate and discusses one of its least studied dimensions–the possibility, limitations, and uses of Mizrahi history in Israeli politics. This talk will also present early Mizrahi critics of Zionism and its concept of history and discuss their relevance for today.