Before Brooklyn: Jewish Communities in Egypt

Before Brooklyn: Jewish Communities in Egypt

A book talk by Najat Abdulhuq followed by a discussion with Joyce Zonana

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

$10 general ● $5 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $12 at the door

In the years following Nasser’s rise to power as the second Egyptian President in the 1950s, the demographic landscape and the economy of Egypt underwent a profound change. While these shifts have mostly been discussed in the light of postcolonial studies and the nationalization policies in the wider region, Najat Abdulhuq’s book Jewish and Greek Communities in Egypt: Entrepreneurship and Business before Nasser instead focuses on the role that the Jewish and Greek minorities had in the economy of pre-Nasser Egypt.

Following Abdulhuq’s talk, Joyce Zonana (English Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College), author of Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile's Journey, will discuss Abdulhuq’s book comparatively – specifically drawing links between Jewish Egyptian community lives and politics in Egypt and Brooklyn, where many Egyptian Jews resettled after 1952.