The Flying Camel
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The Flying Camel
Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage


The Flying Camel - Select Reviews

Jerusalem Post
San Francisco Chronicle
J: The Jewish Weekly
The Jewish Week


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The Flying Camel - Select Endorsements

Jewish Theological Seminary


The rich and complex experience of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish women cannot be captured in a single article or story. I am heartened that Ms. Khazzoom has edited an anthology which begins to address this complexity. The Flying Camel helps provide the broader perspective that is needed in all Jewish courses, a perspective that many of my colleagues seek.

Irena Klepfisz
Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Barnard College-Columbia University
New York, NY


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The Flying Camel provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on an unjustly neglected identity and to see it through the eyes of those who have lived it. It is certainly true that the lives of Jewish women from the Arabic-speaking world are unknown to too many in our society and that our understanding of questions of Arab, Jewish, and American identities are diminished by our ignorance. I find this book useful in the courses I teach on questions of identity and ethics in the contemporary world.

Kwame Anthony Appiah 
Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy 
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA


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As the interest in Jewish Women's Studies continues to grow, we become more sensitive to the gaps in our knowledge. It is imperative that we include in our understanding of the field the historic and contemporary experience of the full range of Jewish women. Loolwa Khazzoom's book fills in an area which is often overlooked and thus provides ample material both for those engaged in the academic study of the field and for the large group of non-academic interested readers.

Professor Anne Lapidus Lerner
Director of Jewish Women's Studies 
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
New York, NY


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There is no question that a more thoughtful view of the role of North African and Middle Eastern Jews, particularly those of the women, is crucial to an understanding of many issues relating to Middle Eastern society and history, and The Flying Camel is a most valuable contribution.

Lawrence Rosen
Professor of Anthropology 
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ


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There is no question that The Flying Camel fills a gap in the available literature on the intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality, and religion. I know of no such book of first-person, experiential accounts by Jewish women of color; the very idea of the book complicates the notion of "the Jewish community" in interesting and useful ways. This book is a useful undergraduate teaching tool for Women's Studies courses, Ethnic Studies courses, Judaic Studies courses, and for Sociology courses that deal with the complexity of collective and individual identities.

Joshua Gamson 
Associate Professor of Sociology 
Yale University
New Haven, CT


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