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University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Project Director: November 2009 to present)
Julia Phillips Cohen (Co Project Director: October 2010 to present)

The Sephardic Studies Reader, 1730-1950

A translation and edition of historical, literary, and religious texts by and about Sephardic Jews. (24 months)

The Sephardic Studies Reader, 1730-1950 is a documentary history that will fill a significant gap in the existing scholarly, popular, and pedagogical literature on modern Jewries by presenting a diverse array of primary sources generated by or about Sephardic Jews in the heartland of modern Judeo-Spanish culture: the Balkans, Palestine, and Turkey under Ottoman and post-Ottoman rule. Those texts written in Ladino--the native language of Sephardim in the Judeo-Spanish heartland of southeastern Europe and today a dying language--are condemned to remain obscure indefinitely unless translated for a larger scholarly, student, and popular audience. Indeed, both the texts we propose to include in the Reader and the individuals who wrote them remain largely unknown in any field. The creation of an affordable scholarly edition of these texts will make these invaluable sources available to students and researchers in many fields, as well as to general audiences in the humanities.

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Project fields:
Jewish Studies

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$110,000 (approved)
$109,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 6/30/2012