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Modern Hebrew Literature by Sephardi/Mizraḥi Writers
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Literary historians once treated modern Hebrew literature written in the era before Palestine and then Israel became the center of modern Hebrew culture as exclusively an Ashkenazi phenomenon, and did not acknowledge the contribution of Sephardi/Mizraḥi authors. The scholarly focus on works by Ashkenazim defined the way the history of modern Hebrew literature and its canonized works was depicted. All this is now being reexamined. Hakak’s systematic study of the writings of the Jews of Iraq between 1735 and 1950, for instance, is an illustrative instance of th…

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Lev Hakak, “Modern Hebrew Literature by Sephardi/Mizraḥi Writers”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0015580>
First published online: 2010

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