Guide to the Papers of Dina Dahbany-Miraglia


Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in March 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dina Dahbany-Miraglia
Title: Papers of Dina Dahbany-Miraglia
Abstract: This is a collection of articles published by Dr. Dahbany-Miraglia from 1975-2001. These articles relate to the history and experiences of Yemeni Jews, mainly women and mainly in the United States.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-42
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Dina Dahbany-Miraglia was born in New York City in 1938. Her parents had both come from the Yemen by way of Turkish Palestine. She attended an all-girls Orthodox Ashkenazi yeshiva and then performed as a dancer and choreographer of modern dance. She attended Hunter College and then Columbia University. She completed her doctorate in anthropology in 1983. Much of her work focuses on Yemenite Jews and their language, culture and history. In addition, her focus on linguistic anthropology led to work with English as a Second Language, including writing an ESL speech textbook as well as articles on reading and writing for ESL. She was a professor in the Department of Speech and Theater at Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York, until her retirement.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of articles written by Dina Dahbany-Miraglia from 1975-2001 about Yemeni Jews, their history, language and culture, as well as issues of feminism as relates to the Yemeni Jews. Many of these articles relate to the Yemeni Jewish community of New York City, where Dr. Dahbany-Miraglia grew up. Folders titles contain the title and bibliographic information of each of the individual articles.

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The collection is arranged in one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Related Material

The American Sephardi Federation and YIVO both have many books about the Jews of Yemen. In addition, there is a great deal of material about Jewish women in the collections of all of the partners.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Dina Dahbany-Miraglia; ASF AR-42; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

Papers presented to the American Sephardi Federation by Dina Dahbany-Miraglia.

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Access Points

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Container List


Papers of Dina Dahbany-Miraglia, 1975-2001

9 folders
1 1 "Getting Away with Murder. Rabbinical Law in Jewish Yemen," in Dina Eylon (ed.) Women in Judaism. An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 2, #1, 1999, pgs. 1-481999
1 2 "American Yemenite Jews: Interethnic Strategies," in Walter P. Zenner (ed.) Persistence and Flexibility: Anthropological Perspectives on the American Jewish Experience. State University of New York Press, 1988, pgs. 63-771988
1 3 "Yemenite Jewish Immigration and Adaptation to the United States, 1905-1941," in Eric J. Hooglund (ed.) Crossing the Waters: Arabic-Speaking Immigrants to the United States Before 1940. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., London, 1987, pgs. 119-1311987
1 4 "American Yemenite Jewish Dance: The Oldtimers and their Children," in Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Conference Society of Dance History Scholars, North Carolina School of the Arts, February 12-14, 1988. Society of Dance History Scholars, University of California, Riverside, 1988, pgs. 248-2581988
1 5 "Acculturation and Assimilation: American Yemenite Jews," in Richard E. Hanley, Alan A. Kay (eds.) Perspectives. City Tech Press of New York City Technical College, Vol. X, 1987/1988, pgs. 121-1341987-1988
1 6 "Yemenite Jewish Poetry," in From Barcelona to Baghdad: A Concert Revue of Sephardic and Oriental Jewish Culture (program notes). National Foundation for Jewish Culture, 1982, pgs. 10-121982
1 7 "Verbal Protective Behavior Among Yemenite Jews," in Working Papers in Yiddish and East European Jewish Studies, No. 13. Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, July 1975, pgs. 1-131975
1 8 "Moving Women, Moving Me," in Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends, vol.9, no.1, 2001, pgs. 26-302001
1 9 Letter from Dina Dahbany-Miraglia to Randall Belinfante thanking him for his assistance, June 20, 20012001
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