Traditional Society in Transition: The Yemeni Jewish Experience


In Traditional Society in Transition: The Yemeni Jewish Experience Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman offers an account of the unique circumstances of Yemeni Jewish existence in the wake of major changes since the second half of the nineteenth century. It follows this community's transition from a traditional patriarchal society to a group adjusting to the challenges of a modern society.

Unlike the perception of the Yemeni Jews as receptive to modernity only following immigration to Palestine and Israel, Eraqi Klorman convincingly shows that some modern ideas played a role in their lives while in Yemen. Once in Palestine, they appear here as adjusting to the new conditions by striving to participate in the Zionist enterprise, consenting to secular education, transforming family practices and the status of women.

“The book is an important contribution to the study of Yemeni Jews in Yemen and abroad as well as for Jewish-Muslim relations, relations between Yemeni Jews and other Jews, and gender studies...Many of these issues have not been previously studied, and the use of private archives and interviews greatly increases the value of this study." -Rachel Simon, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews, November/December 2014.

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Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman, Ph.D. (1981), UCLA, is Dean of Academic Studies, The Open University of Israel, and Head of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims at that University. She has published monographs and many articles on the Yemeni Jews.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Jewish Enlightenment and the Kabbala Dispute
Chapter 3: Jewish Immigration to East Africa
Chapter 4: Jewish Immigration to Palestine
Chapter 5: Challenging the Zionist Enterprise and Ethos
Chapter 6: Family Values in Transition: Inheritance, Polygamy
Chapter 7: Traditional Education and Secular Studies
Chapter 8: Conclusions
All interested in Yemen, Yemeni Jews, Jewish Studies, Kabbalah, enlightenment, Mizrahi Jews, Mandatory Palestine, traditional society, modernity, Immigration Studies, Gender Studies, Family Studies