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Aspects of life and history in the larger communities

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This section presents translated excerpts from a long Hebrew article by Mr. Azaria Levy, dealing with the Jewish community of Yazd in the nineteenth century. Together with the Jewish communities of Hamadan, Isfahan, Yazd and Kashan, the Jewish settlement in Shiraz was among Irans oldest Jewish communities in the course of the nineteenth century. The section provides information about the history and interrelated aspects of life in this and other old Jewish communities prior to Irans growing modernization and transformation in the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Letters and other writings produced by rabbis and educated individuals from Hamadan, as well as information provided by Christian missionaries, European visitors and Jewish travelers and emissaries point to the considerable responsiveness of the Jews in the community towards opportunities and promises entailed in Western-oriented ideas in general and towards educational and socio-religious transformation in particular.

Keywords: Hamadan; Hebrew article; Isfahan; Jewish community; Kashan; Mr. Azaria Levy; Shiraz; socio-religious transformation; Western-oriented ideas; Yazd



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