Conference: The Final Chapters: Twentieth-Century Jewish Communities in the Muslim World. Comparative Perspectives, LMU Munich

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Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich cordially invites you to the conference "The Final Chapters: Twentieth-Century Jewish Communities in the Muslim World. Comparative Perspectives", on June 21-22, 2022. The Conference will bring together scholars from Europe, the US and Israel, who work on Jewish communities in the Muslim world in the 20th century.

The conference venue is "Historisches Kolleg" in Munich. To register for participation in the conference, please send an email to until June 17, 2022. There is no hybrid option.

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June 21, 2022

19:00 Keynote Lecture
Introduction: Michael Brenner (LMU München)

Norman Stillman (Jerusalem/University of Oklahoma): Prelude to Exodus: The Transformation of the Jews of the Islamic World in Modern Times

20:30 Reception

June 22, 2022

09:00 Panel I: Jewish-Muslim Relations inithin the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Chair: Philipp Lenhard (LMU München)

Menashe Anzi (Ben Gurion University): Relations between Muslims and Jews in Sanaa: Between the Muslim Court and the Jewish Court

Michelle Campos (Pennsylvania State University): Partners, Friends, and Neighbors? Jewish-Muslim Social Networks in Late Ottoman Palestine between Empiricism and Nostalgia

Alon Tam (UCLA): Coffeehouse Al-Sharq: Jews, Muslims, and Public Places in mid-20th Century Cairo

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 Panel II: International Networks

Chair: Ronny Vollandt (LMU München)

Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah (University of Groningen): From Alexandria with Love: Middle Eastern Jewry as Donors within Transnational Philanthropic Networks

Lior Sternfeld (Pennsylvania State University): Waiting to be Rescued? The Condition of the Jews of Iran in Western Eyes before and after the 1979 Revolution.

12:30 Lunch Break

14:00 Panel III: History and Memory

Chair: Yossef Schwartz (Tel Aviv University/LMU München)

Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago): The Silenced Voices of Sa'ida – Memories of the Gendered Left in Iraq

Aomar Boum (UCLA): Re-Discovering Jews: Non-Academic Historians Write Local Jewish Histories (Morocco)

15:00 Book Reading and Discussion with Author

Mona Yahia (Köln): When the Grey Beetles Took Over Baghdad
Chair and Conclusion: Daniel Mahla (LMU München)

16:00 End of Conference