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The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Joshua Schreier

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book recounts the French conquest of Algeria by exploring the world of Oran’s influential Jewish merchants. Jacob Lasry, along with Mordecai Amar, Judah Sebbah and others, established themselves ... More


A Semite: A Memoir of Algeria

Denis Guenoun

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164023
eISBN:
9780231537247
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164023.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In this memoir, the author excavates his family's past and fills out a portrait of an imposing, enigmatic father. René Guénoun was a teacher, pioneer, and supporter of Algerian independence. To be ... More


Imperial Borders

Sasha D. Pack

in The Deepest Border: The Strait of Gibraltar and the Making of the Modern Hispano-African Borderland

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781503606678
eISBN:
9781503607538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503606678.003.0004
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter explores various ways that imperial enclaves could project power over their borders. Examples include the increasing power of European consuls in Tangier to adjudicate conflicts between ... More


The Names of Oran

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity: Essays 1972-2009

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639038
eISBN:
9780748653638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the various names of Oran. It looks at the feature given to the word-names in Oran, and examines the concepts of language and ‘tongue’. It also narrates Cixous' first visit and ... More


Promised Cities

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity: Essays 1972-2009

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639038
eISBN:
9780748653638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the different cities that have been included in Cixous' work, such as Manhattan, Oran, and Osnabrück. It notes that these cities have their own mythical doubles. The chapter ... More


Introduction

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Jacob Lasry (1793-1869), a North African Jewish merchant, offers a useful optic for reevaluating Jews’ role and influence in pre- and early-colonial North Africa, as well as the early effects of ... More


Mediterranean Oran

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter recounts Oran’s history over the longue durée. It speaks of a city situated on the northern coast of Africa, but also on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Oran was a creation ... More


Rebuilding Oran: Jews, Beys, and Commerce, 1792–1830

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

After 1792, the regency of Algiers invited Jews and Muslims to settle in Oran, opened Oran to the interior, and reopened the Iberian peninsula to products shipped from Oran. As a result, many of the ... More


Making Money in a Time of Conquest

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter offers a fresh perspective on the onset of French colonialism. Rather than seeing the French conquest of Algeria as ending a static old order and initiating a modern, integrated, and ... More


Struggles for and Between the Merchants of Oran

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter explores a series of rivalries between Jewish merchants whom in order to illuminate the intricacies of Jewish power and identity in Oran at the dawn of conquest. It illustrates the ... More


From Juifs de Gibraltar and “Algerine Jews” to Israélites Indigènes

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter explores a series of interactions and struggles involving synagogues, religious rituals, and the meaning of “indigenous,” to demonstrate how French colonial policies fashioned new lines ... More


Conclusion: Moralities and Mythologies

Joshua Schreier

in The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780804799140
eISBN:
9781503602168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

French civil status records reveal that in all likelihood, Jacob Lasry was married simultaneously to two women. This returns a paradox discussed in the introduction, notably that Jacob Lasry, ... More


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Denis Guénoun

in A Semite: A Memoir of Algeria

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164023
eISBN:
9780231537247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164023.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter recounts the moment when the author's apartment in Oran was bombed by Organisation armée secrète (OAS) members on June 20, 1961. The author vividly described the events following the ... More


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