Jews and India Mutual Influences over Two Millennia
Nathan Katz
  • ISBN 13 : 9789394262423
  • year : 2023
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
The entire set of sixteen essays in Jews and India explore a particular interaction and mutual influence between Jews and India over the past two millennia. Collectively, we discover a pattern of uniquely symmet­rical relations between Jews and their host culture. Unlike in the Christian and Islamic countries, Jews were always honored and treated in India like respected guests. We all come to know ourselves through our reflections in the eyes of others, and rather than hostility and a condescending attitude, in India, Jews always enjoyed respect, hospitality, and affection. These chapters seek to answer the theoretical question as to what Jews and Judaism looked like when viewed with a ‘good eye’. Conversely, we also learn how the world sees Jews who have always enjoyed respect and were made welcome. The first section of the book analyzes Jewish communities in Kochi, especially, but also the Bene Israelis and Baghdadis. Following is a section of stories about individual Jewish lives in India – mystics, mer­chants, and soldiers. The book concludes with a section about inter-religious dialogues between Jews and Indic faiths like Hindus, Bud­dhists and Jains. Based on two thousand years of cohabitation, these old/new friendships reveal old surprises and new insights. About the Author Nathan Katz, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Florida Inter­national University, where he was Director of Jewish Studies, Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship of Jain Studies, and Founding Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is the Founder Editor of the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies. His has published sixteen books; and his Who are the Jews of India? was a National Jewish Book Awards 2000 finalist and won the Vak Devi Saraswat Samman Awards 2004.