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Jewish Libya:  Memory and Identity in Text and Image

A richly detailed and wide-ranging collection of essays exploring Libyan Jewish cultural heritage

Jewish Libya is an elegant and compelling anthology which draws on both memory and history to make a unique contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the Jewish cultural heritage of Libya. The book is a fitting tribute to the chief editor, the late Jacques Roumani, who dedicated his life to advancing our knowledge of his homeland.”  Ronald Bruce St John,  author of Libya: From Colony to Revolution

“There is really nothing comparable to this wide-ranging collection of essays either in temporal and topical scope or in character as a crossover volume aimed at both a scholarly audience and the educated reading public.” – Norman Stillman, Schusterman/Josey Chair of Judaic History Emeritus, University of Oklahoma

“An important and compelling work that manages to be both lyrical and a serious work of historical scholarship.”  Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and The Arrogant Years

 

In June 2017, the Jews of Libya commemorated the jubilee of their complete exodus from this North African land in 1967, which began with a mass migration to Israel in 1948–49. Jews had resided in Libya since Phoenician times, seventeen centuries before their encounter with the Arab conquest in AD 644–646. Their disappearance from Libya, like most other Jewish communities in North Africa and the Middle East, led to their fragmentation across the globe as well as reconstitution in two major centers, Israel and Italy.

This collection commemorates and celebrates vital elements of Libyan Jewish heritage and encourages a lively intergenerational exchange among the many Jews of Libyan origin worldwide.

 

Jacques Roumani was a senior fellow at the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute for Peace, and senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and the University of Maryland. David Meghnagi is full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, chair of clinical psychology, chair of the International Master’s on Holocaust Studies at Roma Tre University, and editor-in-chief of Trauma and Memory. Judith Roumani is a translator and editor of Sephardic Horizons.

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