Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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1. Pre-dispersion survey

Population Size and Geographical Distribution

The partition of Jewish communities between areas of religious and cultural influence is not entirely straightforward. Long-term reconstruction of the demographic development of Jewish communities in Islamic countries is possible based on the partial documentation available, the use of a variety of multidisciplinary tools, and some conjecture. Any attempt to monitor and describe the development of Jewish popul…

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Sergio DellaPergola, “Demography”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0006580>
First published online: 2010

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