The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora
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.
(University of California Press, 1998; paperback ed., American University in Cairo Press, 2005; Hebrew translation: Pzurat yehudei mitzrayim (Tel Aviv: Resling, 2007); Arabic translation: Shatat yahud misr (Cairo: Dar al-Shorouk, 2007).