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Jews of India
The History of Four Communities

Carlos Zarur

Global History & Culture, Identity & Responsibility

The amazing world of the Indian Jewry is composed of four different communities, each with different origins, backgrounds, and folklore. We will discuss their origins, customs, and beliefs, how the communities interact each other, and where they are now. Our discussion will include: The Bene Israel, who are part of the lost tribes, and their path to be recognized as full Jews; Paradeshi Jews, a mix of Sephardic Jews, Middle East Jews, and converted slaves; The Black Jews, a faction of the Paradeshi Jews, but older than them in Hindu lands; and, Bagdadi Jews, whose origin is mostly in Iraq, but also traces to Iran, Syria, Yemen, and Turkey.

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur is an adjunct Professor in Anthropology and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He holds Masters Degrees in Jewish Studies in the areas of Western and Eastern Sephardic Studies, Customs and Culture of Mizrahi (Oriental or Eastern) Jewries, Peripheral Jewish Communities, Crypto-Jewish Studies and Marrano-Converso Phenomena among others. Carlos has participed in two documentaries about the Crypto-Jews in Brazil, and he is an independent researcher of the subject. Involved with Jewish Identity issues in Brazil, as Sephardic/Mizrahi Jew, one of his main goals is the dissemination and teaching of these rich Jewish Cultures.

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