Prof. Catherine Poujol, Director of IFEAC – Institut français d’études sur l’Asie centrale will present 33 years of extensive field research on Bukharan Jews conducted mostly in Uzbekistan, with some extensions to Israel and New York. Prof.
Poujol will outline the history of Bukharan Jews in Central Asia and explore the multi-confessional spaces in Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent, where the Bukharan Jews used to live compactly before the time of the Muslim conquests. The lecture will follow a brief historical trajectory of this specific community from ancient times to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Special attention will be given to the interplay between the Soviet regime and the Bukharan Jews as well as to their specific situation during the last decades of Soviet power. The lecture will also provide information on the current situation of the Bukharan Jews and their fate after their aliya to Israel with a special focus on their renaissance in New York and other cities in the USA.
The lecture will take place on Monday, 24th September at 17.00 hrs in room HEL 065 of the Europa-Universität Flensburg.