Maryland: Iranian Jewry, Nov. 1-3

“Iranian Iranian Jewry: From Past to Present” will take place at the University of Maryland, from November 1-3.

The international conference is sponsored by the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies and the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies, co-hosted by The Hebraic Section and Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

“Iranian Iranian Jewry: From Past to Present” will take place at the University of Maryland, from November 1-3.

The bios and abstracts of the speakers are here. It was nice to see the names of those I know, such as David Menashri (Tel Aviv), Peggy Pearlstein (Library of Congress), Nahid Pirnazar (UCLA), and those we’ve known since our days in Teheran – Haideh Sahim and Judith Goldstein.

A sample of the program:

Haideh Sahim, Hofstra University,
“The Herat War and the Expulsion of the Jews”
Nahid Pirnazar, UCLA,
“Voluntary Religious Conversion of Iranian Jews in the Nineteenth Century”
Parvaneh Pourshariati, Ohio State University,
“Jewish Participation in Over-Land Trade in Late Antique Iran:
A Preliminary Assessment”
Vera Moreen, Independent Scholar,
“Neglected Sources: The Riches of Judeo-Persian Manuscripts”
Peggy Pearlstein, Library of Congress,
“Iranian Judaic and Hebraic Resources in the Collections
of the Library of Congress”
Hirad Dinavari, Library of Congress,
“Jewish Resources in Persian and Iranian Collections
at the Library of Congress”
Shalom Sabar, Hebrew University,
“Persian and Kurdish Jewish Amulets: Shapes and
Images, Texts and Social Function”
Evan Rapport, New York University,
“Bukharian Jewish Musical Life and Its Relationship
to Judeo-Persian Culture”
Jaleh Pirnazar, UC Berkeley,
“Post-Revolutionary Jewish Iranian Literature”

There is also a good page on Persian/Farsi links and resources here.

The Meyerhoff Center is also planning other events:

4pm, November 17
“We are not Mizrahi…We are Indian Jews”
Issues of Culture and Identity in the Indian Jewish community in Israel
Professor Maina Chawla Singh, University of Delhi, India

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