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Introduction

Nathan Katz

in Who Are the Jews of India?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520213234
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520213234.003.0001
Introduction

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This book investigates the three major Jewish communities in India: the Cochin Jews of the Malabar Coast, the Bene Israel Jews of greater Bombay, and the “Baghdadi” Jews of India's port cities, especially Calcutta and Bombay. It concentrates on questions of identity—how these three distinct communities came to their individual senses of self, how historical and social forces mediated the Jewish and Indian poles of their identity, and how this identity is demonstrated and expressed in historical legend and religious ritual. The Jewish experience in India modifies the understanding of Jewishness and of immigrant identity.

Keywords: Cochin Jews; Bene Israel Jews; Baghdadi Jews; Calcutta; Bombay; identity

Chapter.  2642 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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