By Robin Cohen
In a perceptive and arresting research, Robin Cohen introduces his unique method of the examine of the world’s diasporas. This ebook investigates the altering meanings of the concept that and the modern diasporic situation, together with case stories of Jewish, Armenian, African, chinese language, British, Indian, Lebanese and Caribbean humans. the 1st version of this booklet had an important influence on diaspora stories and used to be the foundational textual content in an rising study and educating box. This moment version extends and clarifies Robin Cohen’s argument, addresses a few opinions and descriptions new views for the research of diasporas. It has additionally been made extra student-friendly with illustrations, guided readings and steered essay questions.
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17 T HE JEW ISH DIASPO R A AND ISLAM Anxious to dispel current images, there is a good deal of special pleading in the literature on behalf of the proposition that Jews were well treated in Islamic societies and accorded respect as ‘scripturaries’, namely people of the Book. ’18 While diffuse anti-Muslim sentiments were general in many Western societies, wilder notions of an eternal war of hate between Jews and Muslims were given an ample injection of oxygen by the horriﬁc events of 9/11 and their aftermath.
Another strategy is to follow the tactic adopted by the ancient Greek, Procrustes, who offered hospitality in his iron bed to passers-by. So that they would ﬁt the bed precisely, he stretched short people and cut off the limbs of long people. By analogy, we could espouse an utterly rigid set of criteria to which all newer diaspora claimants would have to conform before we would allow them to lie on our conceptual bed. Rejecting these two strategies, I propose instead to deploy the four tools of social science mentioned earlier (emic/etic claims, the time dimension, common features and ideal types) to help us ﬁnd a middle path in delineating a diaspora.
In Baghdad, the traveller continued, the Jews maintained ‘a good-sized colony’, while the Exilarch seems to have lived in afﬂuence and owned gardens, houses and rich plantations. On his way to any audience with the caliph he appeared dressed in embroidered silk, wore a white turban gleaming with gems and was accompanied by a retinue of horsemen. 23 Though recognizably separate, the Jews were heavily dominated by Muslim culture. 24 As for the Jews, they tended to write and speak Arabic (though Aramaic and Hebrew were never totally displaced).
Global Diasporas: An Introduction 2nd Edition by Robin Cohen