Orientalizing the Jew

Orientalizing the Jew

Religion, Culture, and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century France
Julie Kalman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/16/2017
Format: Paperback 1 b&w illus
ISBN: 978-0-253-02427-5
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Orientalizing the Jew shows how French travelers depicted Jews in the Orient and then brought these ideas home to orientalize Jews living in their homeland during the 19th century. Julie Kalman draws on narratives, personal and diplomatic correspondence, novels, and plays to show how the "Jews of the East" featured prominently in the minds of the French and how they challenged ideas of the familiar and the exotic. Portraits of the Jewish community in Jerusalem, romanticized Jewish artists, and the wealthy Sephardi families of Algiers come to life. These accounts incite a necessary conversation about Jewish history, the history of anti-Jewish discourses, French history, and theories of Orientalism in order to broaden understandings about Jews of the day.

Author Bio

Julie Kalman is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. She is author of Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France.


“A well-argued, beautifully written, and intellectually stimulating investigation of representations of Middle Eastern and North African Jews by French Catholic pilgrims, writers, artists, and bureaucrats over the 19th century. Julie Kalman's account blurs the lines between 'here' and 'there' and challenges the binaries that have become wound into the Orientalizing construct.”
 — Maud Mandel, author of Muslims and Jews in France

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Table of Contents

1. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Within
2. Travel and Intimacy
3. The Kings of Algiers

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