Back from Shingly: Revisiting the premodern history of Jews in Kerala

  title={Back from Shingly: Revisiting the premodern history of Jews in Kerala},
  author={Ophira Gamliel},
  journal={The Indian Economic and Social History Review},
  pages={53 - 76}
  • Ophira Gamliel
  • Published 1 January 2018
  • History
  • The Indian Economic and Social History Review
Jewish history in Kerala is based on sources mainly from the colonial period onward and mostly in European languages, failing to account for the premodern history of Jews in Kerala. These early modern sources are based on oral traditions of Paradeśi Jews in Cochin, who view the majority of Kerala Jews as inferior. Consequently, the premodern history of Kerala Jews remains untold, despite the existence of premodern sources that undermine unsupported notions about the premodern history of Kerala… 

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