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The Last Jews of Kerala: The Two Thousand Year History of India's Forgotten Jewish Community
 
 
Author
Edna Fernandes.
Publisher Skyhorse  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781602392670
Pages/Publication Date 228/2008
Daedalus Item Code 22409
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In the diaspora after the fall of Jerusalem, a small number of Jews followed a trade route to Kerala, on the southwestern coast of India, where they prospered for centuries. Some established vast estates and became the confidantes of kings, in a community that supported eight synagogues. Yet they were haunted by a feud between the Black Jews of Ernakulam and the White Jews of Mattancherry, separated by a narrow stretch of swamp but divided by racism and claims over who arrived first; today fewer than 50 remain, and their once-illustrious history is all but forgotten. Here the author of Holy Warriors chronicles the rise and fall of the Jews of Kerala, from their heyday to their dissolution.

"Fernandes explains [how] their fortunes were lost by a devastating nexus of apartheid, centuries of interbreeding, mental illness, and a latter-day exodus from Kerala after the creation of Israel in 1948. Fernandes, a British Indian journalist ... brings to life a Jewish society little known to most of us."Booklist

 
 
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