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Another ModernityElia Benamozegh's Jewish Universalism$
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Clémence Boulouque

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503612006

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503612006.001.0001

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The Banned Author and the Oriental Publisher

The Banned Author and the Oriental Publisher

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(p.37) Chapter 3 The Banned Author and the Oriental Publisher
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Another Modernity
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Clémence Boulouque

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503612006.003.0004

Chapter 3 examines how the utter disgrace of a rabbinic ban (herem) affected Benamozegh. In a very rare and harsh measure, his Hebrew biblical commentary was banned and burned in 1865 in Aleppo because it contained too many references to sources outside the Jewish tradition. The herem discouraged Benamozegh from any further major enterprise in Hebrew. However, he kept a presence, as a publisher, in the Mediterranean and his endeavors deserve significant attention: it was the largely Hebrew catalogue of his printing press, with a distribution and network of authors spanning the Maghreb and the Mashriq, that functioned as his commitment to an Oriental modernity.

Keywords:   publisher, Aleppo, intellectual networks, herem, Orient

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