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May 21, 2004

The Jews of Kurdistan are Subject of Lecture at the Library of Congress on June 7

Shalom Sabar, professor of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will present a lecture and slide show on "The Jews of Kurdistan: History, Daily Life, Customas, Childbirth and Magic" at noon on Monday, June 7, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and the Hebrew Language Table. No tickets are required.

Born in Iraq, Sabar earned his doctorate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently a visiting professor in the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is lecturing on the role of art in Jewish life and culture.

"The interest in Jewish art is relatively new," said Sabar. "The earliest scholarly studies in the field did not appear before the late 19th century."

Sabar's research interests include Jewish folk art in Europe and in Islamic lands; the illuminated marriage contract among Jewish communities around the world; Jewish ceremonial art at home and synagogue, and biblical imagery in Jewish art.

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PR 04-107
05/21/04
ISSN 0731-3527

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