The authority of the community of San'a in Yemenite Jewry

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Jewish communities throughout the world face the problem of how to maintain unity and adherence to a common code of practice, within a context of dispersion. In this essay, Yosef Tobi, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and History at Haifa University, shows how this was tackled in Yemen during the past two hundred years. Unlike most of the contributors to this volume, Tobi's work shows how historians utilize documents to reconstruct social and political relationships. He infers ways in which the ancestry, personalfty and scholarly reputation of rabbinic leaders led to social acceptance, against a background of other forces which shaped the communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJews among Muslims
Subtitle of host publicationCommunities in the Precolonial Middle East
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781349248636
ISBN (Print)9780333626559
StatePublished - 7 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Shlomo Deshen and Walter P. Zenner 1996. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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