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Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, the largest city and principal port of China, at the confluence of the Whangpoo (Huangpu) River (a branch of the Yangtze) and Woosung (Suzhou) Creek,  attracted Jews, among other foreigners, after it was opened to foreign trade by the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 following the First Opium War. The city came to have a considerable community of Baghdadi Jews (in this context “Baghdadi” encompasses Arabic-speaking Jews from Baghdad, Basra, and other parts of the Ottoman Empire and from Cairo, Egypt, and also non-Arabic-speaking Jews from Persia and Afghanistan) who emigrated in …

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Maisie Meyer, “Shanghai, China”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 08 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0005330>
First published online: 2010

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