Executive Editor's Introduction
(4,122 words)

Why an Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World?

Until the middle of the twentieth century, over a million Jews lived in the Islamic world, some 800,000 of them in the Arab countries. Some of these Jewish communities were very ancient, as in Iraq and Iran, where there had been a Jewish presence since the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian E…

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Norman A. Stillman, “Executive Editor's Introduction”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 January 2019
First published online: 2010

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