April 16, 2018 - 5:00 pm
April 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm
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Early in the twentieth century, Iranian-Jewish communities experienced two different pressures from two different developments, each pulling them in another direction. First came the Constitutional Revolution in Iran (1906-911), which promised equal citizenship, and then the Balfour Declaration (1917) and the emergence of Zionism, which stirred thoughts of redemption in the holy land. Iranian Jews considered both movements as fundamental shifts in their relationship to their country, and they sought to evaluate how the subsequent changes might transform their everyday lives and their overall sense of belonging. This talk analyzes discussions within the Jewish communities regarding these two developments, focusing specifically on the ways in which the communities understood the impact of these moments on Iranian-Jewish life.
LIOR STERNFELD (PhD 2014, The University of Texas at Austin)
Lior Sternfeld is an Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State University. Sternfeld is currently completing his first book manuscript, tentatively titled: “Integrated After All: Iranian Jews in the Twentieth Century,” which examines the integration of the Jewish communities in Iran into the nation-building projects of the twentieth century. Sternfeld’s new research project examines the roots of Third Worldism in the Middle East.
Sponsored by the
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
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