Iranian Jews in Israel: Between Persian Cultural Identity and Israeli Nationalism

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Since the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948, more than 40,000 Iranian Jews have moved to Israel, with the last big wave arriving after the Iranian Revolution of 1978/79. As the governments of these two states continue to display animosity towards each other, an examination of the Jews of Iran who now live in Israel provides important insights into the nature of the relationship between these two key countries in the Middle East. Alessandra Cecolin combines a historical approach to the patterns of Iranian Jewish emigration to Israel with a political analysis of Iranian-Israeli relations, exploring how the political and diplomatic interactions between the two have shaped the processes of emigration and integration of Iranian Jewry in Israel. In this book she explores how this community is often caught between a Persian cultural identity and Israeli nationality, and draws out the implications this has both for the community in Israel and for the wider region.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Number of pages182
ISBN (Electronic)9780857738417, 9780857727886
ISBN (Print)9781784533113
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2015


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