Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah is a lecturer at the Institute for Area Studies.
My current research project is entitled “Jewish Transnationalism in the Age of Nationalism: Global Jewish Philanthropy 1918-1948,” this project is funded by the Rothschild Foundation from October 2018 - September 2020. This project is a study of the relationship between European and Middle Eastern and North African Jewry in the period between 1918-1948. Situated at the intersection of History, Jewish Studies, and Diaspora Studies, its main objective is to understand how, disparate Jewish communities interacted with each other in the post-WWI period until the creation of the state of Israel through philanthropic networks. Between 1918-1948 systemic transnational Jewish solidarity projects expanded in the areas of education, political and financial assistance – as a result interaction between sub-ethnic Jewish groups (i.e. Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Maghrebi) increased exponentially often via nationalist channels (British, French, Iraqi, Moroccan, etc.). These interactions transformed notions of Jewish identity, religiosity, solidarity and belonging. I will look at Jewish religious reform, political participation, and acculturation through the lens of transnational solidarity. It is my contention that this project will demonstrate the diversity of intellectual projects within the Jewish world during this period.
Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah defended her doctoral dissertation at Leiden University in January 2019. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Baghdadi Jewish Networks in Hashemite Iraq: Jewish Transnational in the Age of Nationalism. Sasha is currently a Rothschild post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the Leiden University Center for the Study of Religion and a member of the Universiteitsraad (Leiden University).
Sasha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in 2001 and her Master’s degree in Israel and Diaspora Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in November 2002, she is originally from New York. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she worked in academic publishing for eight years managing numerous book series, journals, and major reference works. Her most notable project as acquisitions editor is The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Brill, 2010).
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