Changing Health and Changing Culture: The Yemenite Jews in Israel

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Terms
Aqil : secular headman of Jewish communities in Yemen
Ashkenazi (m): Jews of European descent
Bar mitzva : celebration of a Jewish boy's maturity at the age of 13
B.C.E. : Before the Common Era, commonly used by Jews instead of B.C. (Before Christ)
C.E. : Common Era, used instead of A.D. (anno Domini)
Dhimmi : non-Moslems with protected status in the Moslem world
Gabili : Yemeni tribesmen
Gveret : employer of domestic help in Israel, generally Ashkenazi
Hamulla : extended family in Oriental society
Hassid : member of sect of European Jewry, often mystical, who wears distinctive black clothing in Israel and elsewhere
Hilbe : paste derived from fenugreek seeds
Imam : ruler of Yemen
Israel : geographically, the present state or the earlier British Mandate of Palestine
Kohl : blue-black eye preparation, containing antimony, used medically or cosmetically
Mori : Yemenite Jewish religious leader; rabbi or teacher
Narghile : water pipe, hubble-bubble, or hookah, used for smoking tobacco
Negev : the southern desert region of Israel
Ozeret : domestic help, house cleaner
Pitta : flat Arab-style bread
Qat : mildly narcotic plant (Catha edulis Forsskaalis)
Qish'r : drink brewed from the husks of the coffee bean
Samne : Yemeni form of liquid butter
Sephardi(m) : Jews of non-European descent
Zaid : member of the Yemeni Arab aristocratic Zaidi class

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgements iv
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Identity 13
  • 3 - Social Life 25
  • 4 - The Physical Environment 51
  • 5 - Plagues and Pestilence 59
  • 6 - Diseases of Civilization 69
  • 7 - The Health of the Community 87
  • 8 - Medical Illness and the Use of Medical Help 105
  • 9 - Conclusion 133
  • Notes 135
  • Terms 153
  • References 155
  • Index 183
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