Selected Bibliography

(Compiled by Rahel Musleah)

Jews of India

On the Banks of the Ganga, by Rabbi Ezekiel N. Musleah (Christopher)
Bits and Pieces: Snitches and Snatches from a Lifetime of Thoughts, Anecdotes and Events, By Rabbi Ezekiel N. Musleah
No Shortcuts to Far Horizons, by Rabbi Ezekiel N. Musleah
Being Indian, Being Israeli, by Maina Chawla Singh (Manohar)
Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall, by Nathan Katz (Ktav)
The Girl from Foreign, by Sadia Shepard (Penguin)
The Last Jews of Kerala, by Edna Fernandes (Skyhorse)
The Jewish Communities of India, by Joan Roland (Transaction)
Jews of the Raj, by Mavis Hyman (Hyman Publishers, London)
The Jews of India, edited by Orpa Slepak (Israel Museum)
Who Are the Jews of India? Nathan Katz (University of California)
B'Kol Arev: Songs of the Jews of Calcutta, editted by Rahel Musleah (Tara)
Kir'u Aharai-Read After Me: A Manual for Mourners, Rabbi Ezekiel N. Musleah (available from author)
Ruby of Cochin, Ruby Daniel (JPS)
Burnt Bread and Chutney, Carmit Delman (Ballantine)
Flowers in the Blood, Gay Courter (Dutton)
Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames, Jael Silliman (Brandeis/New England)
India's Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art & Life-Cycle, Shalva Weil, ed. (Marg Publications, Mumcai, India)
Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel, Hillel Halkin (Houghton Mifflin)
Book of Rachel, Esther David (Penguin/Viking)

Jews of Iraq

My Father’s Paradise, by Ariel Sabar (Algonquin)
Iraq’s Last Jews,
by Tamar Morad, Dennis and Robert Shasha (Palgrave Studies)
Memories of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad (Jewish Lives) by Violette Shamash
Last Days in Babylon: The Exile of Iraq's Jews, the Story of My Family,
by Marina Benjamin
Mother of the Pound: Memoirs in the Life and History of the Iraqi Jews, David Kazzaz (Sepher-Hermon)
Operation Babylon: Jewish Clandestine Activity in the Middle East 1946-51, Shlomo Hillel (Collins)

Sephardic Jews

A Treasury of Sephardic Customs, by Herbert Dobrinsky (Ktav/Yeshiva)
The Rhythms of Jewish Living: A Sephardic Exploration of the Basic Teachings of Judaism, Marc Angel (Aronson)
Sephardic-American Voices: Two Hundered Years of a Literary Legacy, edited by Diane Matza (Brandeis/University Press of New England)
Out of Egypt, memoir by Andre Aciman (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance Among Syrian Jews, by Kay Kaufman Shelemay (University of Chicago)
Our Story: The Jews of Sepharad, by Robert Sugar (CAJE)
Bridges, Vol. 7: Sephardi and Mizrahi Women Write About Their Lives
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, by Lucette Lagnado


The Book of Jewish Food, Claudia Roden (Knopf)
Sephardic Cooking, Copeland Marks (Donald Fine)
Indian Jewish Cooking, Mavis Hyman (Hyman Publishing, London)
Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian, Madhur Jaffrey (Potter)
The Sephardic Table, Pamela Twena (Houghton Mifflin)
A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian Jewish Recipes from Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen, Jennifer Felicia Abadi (Harvard Common Press)
Around the World With a Skillet, by Flower Silliman (Morris Press)


Hodu: Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India (Rahel Musleah)
B’Kol Arev: Songs of the Jews of Calcutta, edited by Rahel Musleah (Tara)
The Cochin Jews of India, Johanna Spector (video, Ergo)
Oh, Lovely Parrot: Jewish Women's Songs from Kerala (Hebrew University)
Eliyahoo Hanabi: The Musical Tradition of the Bene Israel of Bombay 
(Beth Hatefutsot, Museum of the Jewish Diaspora)

India (general)

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts (St. Martin’s)
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin)
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin)
Mistress of Spices, Chitra Divakaruni (Anchor)
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (HarperCollins)
Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth (HarperCollins)
The Moor’s Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie (Vintage)
Two Lives, Vikram Seth (HarperCollins)
There, Where the Pepper Grows, by Bem Le Hunte (Fourth Estate)

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