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Between Iran and ZionJewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran$
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Lior B. Sternfeld

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503606142

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503606142.001.0001

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Shifting Demographics

Shifting Demographics

The Arrival of Ashkenazi and Iraqi Jews

(p.15) 1 Shifting Demographics
Between Iran and Zion

Lior B. Sternfeld

Stanford University Press

Chapter 1 explores ways that the Jewish community became more diverse following World War II. It examines the sociological and demographic transformations that the Jewish population experienced during the war. This chapter argues that the 1941 invasion of Iran by Allied forces and the subsequent collapse of the rigid state structure facilitated social mobility and redefinition. At the same time, a wave of Iraqi Jews arrived in Iran and added another layer of identity to the growing Jewish population. This chapter also debunks the traditional portrayal of Iran as passive in the war historiography, where it is usually examined in an insufficiently complex or nuanced way, and analyzes the ways in which the war and its aftermath shaped Iran. Contrary to the traditional historiography’s stagnant or, rather, declining analysis of Iranian Jewry, the Jewish population in Iran witnessed a golden age in terms of becoming Iranian citizens.

Keywords:   WWII, refugees, Iraq, Iraqi Jews, Poland

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