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My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

Ariel Sabar

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In Ariel Sabar’s fascinating reconciliation of past and present, he and his father travel to Iraq, his father’s birthplace. Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho to tell his family’s story and discover their place in the millennia-long saga of Sepharic Jews in Islamic lands. Populated by Kurdish chieftains, trailblazing linguists, Arab nomads and devout believers, this intimate and powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope.

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Recorded Sunday, January 25, 2009 at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

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