Thursday, May 04, 2006

Meir Macnin and the Lost World of Arab Jews

From the Jewish Studies Department:

The Center for World History and Jewish Studies Present:
Daniel J. Schroeter, History, UC Irvine
"Meir Macnin and the Lost World of Arab Jews"

Monday May 8th at 3:30 pm -- Cowell College Conference Room

Schroeter's lecture introduces us to Meir Macnin, a 19th century Moroccan Jewish merchant who is banker to the Moroccan Sultan. Through his story we gain an appreciation for the lost world of Moroccan Jews.

Daniel Schroeter holds the Teller Family Chair in Jewish History at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of The Sultan's Jew: Morocco and the Sephardi World (Standford University Press, 2002) and numerous books and articles.

This is the final lecture in the Winter-Spring 2006 lecture series, "Itineraries in the Muslim Mediterranean, 1350-1950: Individuals, Change and Memory in a World Region."

This should be a very interesting talk, especially if you don't know too much about Moroccan Jews or Sephardic Jews in general. I know I'll be there.

3 Comments:

Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

YidSlug- I don't know that much about Moroccan Jews, but I won't be able to make it, unfortunately.

You'll have to tell me all about it.

Thu May 04, 01:23:00 PM 2006  
Blogger JewSlug said...

It's too bad you can't be there, but I will do my best to tell you what was said.

Speaking of Morocco, I just read an interesting story on Yahoo! about 50 Muslim women who were recently named "preachers." Morocco has always been a more moderate Muslim country, especially in regards to the Jews, so it's not surprising that the subject of the talk is about a Jew who was the Sultan's banker.

Thu May 04, 06:09:00 PM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

"In an interview with a Moroccan weekly six months before the Casablanca blasts, Abu Hafs bragged that his mosque had been packed every Friday since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and that his taped sermons were widely sold. He said the Sept. 11 hijackers were heroes."

Hm, sound familiar? Reminds me a bit of our good friend Abdul Malik Ali.

Apparently, if he was speaking in Morocco (a Muslim country), he would have been arrested with the rest of the violence-preaching scum.

Thu May 04, 07:15:00 PM 2006  

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