Through stunning images, maps and insightful commentary, this book offers a glimpse into the diversity, historical legacy, and rich culture of Jewish communities within the Muslim world. From the growing Jewish community of Dubai to ancient synagogues and shrines, these photographs capture the beauty and complexity of Jewish life around North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Above all, this photographic book serves as a reminder of the enduring spirit of the Jewish people and the diversity of lived experiences within Islamic societies.

This volume presents thematically organised contemporary images of both Jewish life and Jewish heritage from across the Middle Eastern and North Africa. Interspersed throughout the images are an assortment of short essays written by scholars and University of Groningen students to contextualise the presented images.

With contributions of: Prof. Norman Stillman, Emma Corts, JoAnn Augustus and Rahma Bekhit.

By Lucía Farias García, Maxime Heijman and William Whitcombe

Photography by
Michel Gordon

Edited by
Dr. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah



The physical books of the University of Groningen Press are distributed in collaboration with Uitgeverij kleine Uil.

The Open Access editions are available University of Groningen Press

ISBN ePDF: 9789403430201
DOI 10.21827/6458c72616bed

Life & Legacy – A window into Jewish life across the Islamic World