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Eastern Jews, a long coexistence before departure


The Institut du monde arabe in Paris is devoting an exhibition to the History of Judaism in the Middle East and the Maghreb, between exodus and cohabitation. And sometimes even cultural effervescence.

Willingly or by force, Jewish communities have almost all disappeared from Arab and Muslim countries.

Taking note of this submerged world, and sometimes denied in the countries concerned, the Institute of the Arab World (IMA) has produced a flamboyant exhibition, recounting twenty-six centuries of Jewish presence in the East.

In these times of tensions between Israel and certain Muslim countries, it took a certain determination for the IMA to come up with such a subject, as it did, in 2017, with its major exhibition on Christians in the East.

280 religious or secular objects relate this long story, which begins in ancient Judea, passes through Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Turkey and North Africa.

Forty museums and private collectors from nine countries have participated in the story of this historical epic - the scenography, punctuated by mosaics, photos, jewelry, costumes, music or archives is moreover beautiful and effective. .

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Source: lefigaro

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