Why a MUSEUM of the SEFARDI WORLD ?
The aim of the Mussef is to present the history of the Jews who lived in the past in Mediterranean and Eastern countries, especially in Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Spain, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Pakistan, Portugal, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen.
The migration of Jews from these communities began at the end of the fifteenth century with Isabella the Catholic but accelerated in the middle of the twentieth century, when the State of Israel was created. In the next few years, about 900,000 Jews left the countries where they had lived for centuries, if not millennia. A third of them spread around the world, in France, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Argentina or Brazil. But the majority fled to Israel, numerically replacing an almost equal number of Arabs fleeing from Palestine at the same time.
The Mussef’s ambition is to bring into existence what is no longer, by tracing the history and culture of these Jewish communities that disappeared in a few years without making any noise. Amussef, association of the friends of Mussef, is in the course of constitution in order to prefigure it, to make its scientific and cultural project (PSC), to choose its location and its architect and to raise the funds necessary to its realization.
This project owes much to Jean-Loup Msika, urban architect and visual artist, who is working on a similar project that would be established in Jerusalem. But the Mussef, located in Paris, will reach a much larger audience.
Amussef, the association of the friends of Mussef, has been launched in November 2018 with the purpose of preparing its contents and its scientific and cultural project ; choosing its location and its architect ; raising the money required to build it.
You can find on this website :
– the articles of association of Amussef,
– a link to register and/or give us your comments,
– the list of the members of both the Scientific Committee and the Honorary Committee,
– a list of associations of Jews originated in Muslim countries,
– lists of movies, articles and books related to the subject,
– the list of Museums devoted wholly or partly to the question
Thank you for your comments.
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