Jewish Quarters (Ḥāra, Mallāḥ, Maḥalla, Qāʿat al-Yahūd)
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The self-segregation of Jewish communities in concentrated neighborhoods or quarters predated the rise of Islam and continued as an urban norm in most Middle Eastern and North African cities until the twentieth century, when traditional residential patterns, having been disrupted by colonial intervention, were brought to a definitive end with the departure of most Jews from the region. Jewish quarters have been identified in cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa, from the Maghreb to…

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Emily Gottreich, “Jewish Quarters (Ḥāra, Mallāḥ, Maḥalla, Qāʿat al-Yahūd)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 May 2017
First published online: 2010



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