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Sarah Abrevaya Stein
UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

The Changing Legal Classification of Middle Eastern Jews in the 20th Century

This historical study explores Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Jewish encounters with evolving legal systems whose shaping accompanied the dismantling, persistence, and transformation of empires across the globe over the course of the twentieth century. Misfits works at the intersection of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History, European History, Legal History, Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies, and Jewish Studies, all of which stand to be enriched by an exploration of Jewish cases. This is so because Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Jews served as litmus tests in instances when colonial, national, and international laws collided, rendering them crucial case studies of a larger, global story. Once Jewish subjects, experiences, and encounters are taken into account, I argue, we may tell a more diverse story of the dissolution and reconstitution of empire and the formation of post-colonial identities and modern legal systems in the twentieth century.