The Last Jews of Egypt
April 16, 2018
Prof. Aimée Israel-Pelletier, “The Last Jews of Egypt”
Time: Monday, 4:45- 6:15 p.m.
Location: Withers 140
The Jewish community of Egypt, at one time the most consequential and prosperous Jewish community in the world, has vanished. But it has left behind priceless artifacts, synagogues, the community’s registers, and the second oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, the 9th century Bassatine. Prof. Israel-Pelletier’s work focuses on making known this community’s rich intellectual, literary, and cultural production, past and ongoing. Her lecture takes the work of Jacqueline Kahanoff, Jacques Hassoun, and André Aciman to help frame the complex picture that is the Jew of Egypt.
Prof. Israel-Pelletier is professor of French at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has written on 19th century French literature and art, on film, and on Francophone identity and politics, with a focus on the Jews of Arab lands. Her most recent book, On the Mediterranean and the Nile. The Jews of Egypt, was published this year by Indiana University Press.