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The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire

Joshua Schreier


This book recounts the French conquest of Algeria by exploring the world of Oran’s influential Jewish merchants. Jacob Lasry, along with Mordecai Amar, Judah Sebbah and others, established themselves in this Mediterranean port after the Regency of Algiers dislodged the Spanish in 1792. They were part of a settlement hailing originally from Algerian and Moroccan cities and towns, Saharan Oases, and British Gibraltar. In newly Muslim Oran, they found opportunities to ply their trades, deal in goods brought in on caravans from the African interior, or export grain, cattle, or hides. On the eve of ... More

Keywords: Jews/Judaism, Muslims, Algeria, Morocco, Gibraltar, North Africa, Oran, France, Colonialism, Merchant(s)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780804799140
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804799140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Schreier, author
Vassar College