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A letter from Iraq: the writing of Iraqi correspondents in al-Alam al-Israili and Israil

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The most extensive participation of Jews in the literary Arabic revival (The Nahda) was in monarchial Iraq. Jewish Intellectuals had contributed to the development of national Iraqi culture. These intellectuals have been studied in the context of the non-Jewish Iraqi intellectuals, focusing on their national and cultural integration in the new Iraqi state. This article observes the participation of those intellectuals in two non-Iraqi Jewish journals which were published in literary Arabic, Israil, published in Cairo, and al-Alam al-Israili, published in Beirut. By changing the point of view from Iraqi Jews in the non-Jewish Iraqi cultural sphere to Iraqi Jews in a non-Iraqi Jewish cultural sphere, the article examines their relation between Iraqi identity and the national Jewish identity.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Publication date: January 2, 2016

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