The Jews of Alexandria

Middle Class Feelings, Urban Identity and Politics, 1880s-1920s

Öffentlich-online zugänglicher Vortrag des Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin

Lecture by Dario Miccoli (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) 
as part of The Historicity of Democracy Seminar.

Based on a ‘close reading’ of documents from the archives of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (Paris), the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem) and from articles found in newspapers published in Egypt in the colonial and early monarchic years, this lecture will look at the consolidation of a middle class Alexandrian Jewish identity and its relation to urban politics and sociability in the period that goes from the early 1880s to the mid-1920s. The lecture will discuss the multiple connections that Alexandrian Jews had with the city in which they lived and its socio-political environment, as well as the ways in which its burgeoning Jewish middle class tried to find a place of its own for example by founding schools, hospitals and cultural associations

The online seminar is free and open to the public upon registration:

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