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Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Deborah A. Starr and Sasson Somekh (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

The writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff (1917–1979) offer a refreshing reassessment of Arab–Jewish relations in the Middle East. A member of the bourgeois Jewish community in Cairo, Kahanoff grew ... More


Welcome, Sadat

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0019
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff reflects on Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's state visit to Israel in November 1977. She also talks about her earlier writings about her childhood in ... More


A Letter from Mama Camouna

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
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June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff focuses on a letter written by “Mama Camouna,” the second wife of her great-grandfather, who was the grandfather of her mother Yvonne Chemla. Yvonne's ... More


To Live and Die a Copt

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, published in April 1973, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff reviews Beer in the Snooker Club, a novel by Egyptian-Coptic writer Waguih Ghali, and reflects on the relations between Jews and ... More


My Brother Ishmael: On the Visit of Anwar Sadat

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0018
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In November 1977, Egyptian president Anwar Sadat made a state visit to Israel and initiated peace negotiations between the two countries. The prospect of peace between the former enemies had ... More


Childhood in Egypt

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
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June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, first published in 1959, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff describes her childhood in Egypt. When she was a small child, Egypt was comprised of people of different ethnic backgrounds: ... More


Passover in Egypt

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, published in 1965, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff reflects on the Jewish festival of Passover, when Jews commemorate the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. She was already of school ... More


Rebel, My Brother

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

When Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff went to Israel in 1954, she had limited communication with her parents back in Egypt, who, in 1958, moved to Israel, where they were able to exchange information that ... More


Israel: Ambivalent Levantine

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, published in 1959, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff describes Levantinism as a social model that must be applied within the Israeli context. By 1959, the terms “Levantine” and ... More


Afterword From East the Sun

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0020
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, Jacqueline Kahanoff Shohet reflects on the new geopolitical realities faced by Israel following the 1967 war with Egypt, along with the ongoing political realities of the Cold War ... More


Journey to a Better Land

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter is excerpted from Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff's first novel, Jacob's Ladder, published in 1951, and focuses on a young Jewish girl who is suffering from diphtheria, and how her father, in ... More


Reunion in Beersheba

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff documents the challenges faced by a bourgeois Jewish family from Egypt in trying to adapt to a more austere life in Israel during the mid-1950s, and also ... More


Wake of the Waves

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, published in 1962, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff reflects on her travel to Palestine in 1937, three years before she left Egypt, to accompany a friend's family, and reveals her initial ... More


Such Is Rachel

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This short story, written by Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff, tells the experience of a young Jewish girl at the last Passover seder led by her grandfather, and reflects Kahanoff's resistance to the ... More


Cairo Wedding

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This short story, written by Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff, focuses on a wedding, to show how female intellectuals like Jacqueline herself dealt with the pressure to conform in 1930s Egypt, and also ... More


Europe from Afar

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff describes the choices available to the young, bourgeois Levantine women in Egypt who were awaiting marriage after completing their formal education. ... More


A Culture Stillborn

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff describes how she hesitantly pursued a writing career as a young woman even though she never received any encouragement in this regard while in Egypt. She ... More


To Remember Alexandria

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0017
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This short story by Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff depicts both the lost past of Jewish life in Egypt and the realities of contemporary Israel. Set in the years between the 1967 and 1973 Arab–Israeli ... More


Ma̒adi

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter is excerpted from Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff's unfinished novel, Tamra. The protagonist is a teenage girl from India who goes to Egypt to live with her father and gains new friends who ... More


Alexandria

in Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804769532
eISBN:
9780804777889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter, which is excerpted from Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff's unfinished novel, Tamra, depicts a forbidden love between a Jewish girl and a Muslim boy in Egypt.


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