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Prof. Orit Bashkin at National Archives
Orit Bashkin, professor of modern middle eastern history at University of Chicago, will discuss her new book, "New Babylonians, A History of Jews in Modern Iraq," at noon on Tuesday, Dec 3 at the National Archives in DC.

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Although Iraqi Jews saw themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for more than 2,500 years—was displaced following the establishment of the state of Israel. New Babylonians, by historian Orit Bashkin, chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state. It studies their ideas about Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, focusing on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those who turned to communism in the 1940s.


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Tuesday, Dec 3 2013 at 12:00pm [ iCal ]
National Archives William McGowan Theater, Archives I
Constitution 7th
Washington, DC