Jadīd Al-Islām: The Jewish "new Muslims" of Meshhed

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Wayne State University Press, 1997 - History - 325 pages
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In 1839, Muslims attacked the Jews of Meshhed, murdering 36 of them, and forcing the conversion of the rest. While some managed to escape across the Afghan border, and some turned into true believing Muslims, the majority adopted Islam only outwardly, while secretly adhering to their Jewish faith.

Jadid al-Islam is the fascinating story of how this community managed to survive, at the risk of their lives, as crypto-Jews in an inimical Shi'i Muslim environment. Based on unpublished original Persian sources and interviews with members of the existing Meshhed community in Jerusalem and New York, this study documents the history, traditions, tales, customs, and institutions of the Jadid al-Islam—"New Muslims."

 

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Jewish life in Islamic lands has always fascinated Patai (The Jewish Alchemists, LJ 6/1/94). In this massive, specialized study, he focuses on the Jews of the Iranian city of Meshhed, who were ... Read full review

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The book taught me much about my heritage and did so in a very clear an consice manner. I would recommend anybody interested in learning more about the history of the Mashadi Jews read this book.

Contents

Illustrations
9
Introduction
11
HISTORY AND TRADITIONS 1 Early Times
25
Before the Allahdad
29
The Sufl Lure
41
Allahdad
51
After the Allahdad
65
Conversions to the Bahai faith
76
A Popular Life of Nadir
154
Three Tales about Mullah SimanTov
168
Two Stories about the Jews of Kalat
173
How the Herat Jews Were Saved
178
The Story of the Woman Gohar
182
The Death of Hajj Hasan Eshaq
189
Jewish Names and Origins
202
Girls Games
222

A Decade of Blood Libels and Other Incidents 18921902
79
Zionism and Early Aliya
86
Disturbances in the 1940s
92
A Picture of Jewish Life
101
Emigration Aliya Dispersion
108
Aqa Farajullahs Memoirs
112
TALES AND LEGENDS Introductory Note
151
Ritual Observances
228
Burial Customs
265
Conclusion
273
Notes
279
Bibliography
311
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Raphael Patai (1911-1996) was a prominent cultural anthropologist, historian, and biblical scholar of international reputation. He was the author of more than three dozen books on Jewish and Arab culture, history, politics, psychology, and folklore.

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