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Emissaries from the Holy LandThe Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Century$
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Matthias B. Lehmann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789653

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789653.001.0001

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(p.261) Epilogue
Emissaries from the Holy Land

Matthias B. Lehmann

Stanford University Press

The book closes with an epilogue that takes as its point of departure the travelogue written by an emissary who visited Jewish communities in Yemen, India, and maritime Southeast Asia in the late 1850s and 1860s. The traditional world view of the emissaries was increasingly challenged by the complexity of Jewish existence in this era of global connections, as the author of the travelogue learns when he interacts with the “black Jews” of Cochin, the Baghdadi-Jewish merchants of Bombay and Calcutta, or the assimilated Dutch and German Jews settled in Jakarta. The epilogue suggests that the emissaries and their philanthropic network increasingly operated in a globally interconnected Jewish public sphere, and that the pan-Judaism that they had been promoting since the eighteenth century in many ways paved the way for the modern pan-Jewish identities of late nineteenth-century Jewish internationalism (the Alliance Israélite Universelle) and nationalism (Zionism).

Keywords:   Zionism, Alliance Israélite Universelle, modern philanthropy, modern Jewish identity, nineteenth-century travel, Yemen, India

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