Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma

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Lexington Books, 2007 - Religion - 175 pages
Before the Second World War, two golden promised lands beckoned the thousands of Baghdadi Jews who lived in Southeast Asia: the British Empire, on which the sun never set, and the promised land of their religious tradition, Jerusalem. Almost Englishmen studies the less well-known of these destinations. The book combines history and cultural studies to look into a significant yet relatively unknown period. Almost Englishmen analyzes to full effect the way Anglo culture transformed the immigrant Bagdhadi Jews. England's influence was pervasive and persuasive: like other minorities in the complex society that was British India, the Baghdadis gradually refashioned their ideology and aspirations on the British model. The Jewish experience in the lush land of Burma, with its lifestyles, its educational system, and its internal tensions, is emblematic of the experience of the extended Baghdadi community,

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Anthropologist Ruth Fredman Cernea has been researching the history of the Baghdadi Jewish communities of Southeast Asia since her first visit to Burma in 1987.

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