This volume is a unique investigation of contemporary Jewish life in a Muslim country and the first ethnography of the Persian-Jewish diaspora, giving the reader a deep appreciation of this relatively unknown culture. The author describes in detail traditional Jewish life in the provincial city of Shiraz and the challenges of coexistence with a Muslim majority.
1. Introduction 2. "Outcaste": Shi’a Intolerance 3. Shiraz in Jewish History 4. The Jewish Community in Shiraz 5. Subsistence, Economic Adaptation and Social Conformity 6. Basic Social Relations 7. Formal Education 8. Arts, Amusements and Leisure Time 9. Shirazi Jewish Ethics and Attitudes: A "Little Tradition" 10. Local Religious Practice and the Jewish "Great Tradition" 11. Redemption Appendices: 1. Outline of Iranian Jewish History 2. Restrictive Codes 3. Judaism under Shi’a Islam 4. Comparative Kinship Terminology of Iranian Jews 5. Demographic Data. Glossary. References. Geographic Index. Name & subject index.