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Jewish Society in the Cosmopolitan Middle East

On Wednesday evening, June 8, Dr. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah will give a lecture in Synagogue Groningen entitled 'Jewish Society in the Cosmopolitan Middle East (1918-1948)'. Little is known in Europe today that the Middle East had large Jewish communities in the first half of the twentieth century. Goldstein researched the history of these communities and in this lecture he shows how this minority developed in the Islamic world.

This lecture is organized as part of the temporary exhibition Art without Borders. This exhibition can be seen in Synagogue Groningen from 5 June. It connects the work of contemporary Iranian artist Hossein Tadi with the work of Jewish-Dutch artist Edu Waskowsky, who died 45 years ago. Dr. Goldstein has been invited to explain the history of Jewish communities in the Islamic world.

About Sasha Goldstein:

Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah is assistant professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Groningen, she received her PhD in 2019 from Leiden University. She is specialised in the modern history of Middle Eastern and North African Jewry. She is the author of numerous scholarly and trade publications including her recent monograph Baghdadi Jewish Networks in the Age of Nationalism (Brill, 2021).


Jewish Society in the Cosmopolitan Middle East (1918-1948)

Wednesday 8 june 19:30, Synagogue Groningen (walk in with coffee/tea from 19.00)

Entrance fee: free / reservation not possible

The lecture will be given in English.

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