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Hybrid Narratives: Identity Formation Between Religious Tradition and American Culture

October 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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MALA and AJC present a special conversation with Dr. Saba Soomekh exploring the nuances of cultural identity, heritage, and intergenerational narratives in Iranian Jewish communities.  Dr. Soomekh will sit down with MALA Co-Founder and Deputy Director Ahmed Flex Omar to discuss her journey as an author, an anthropologist, and a scholar.  Please join us for an insightful and inquisitive conversation about intersecting cultures, untold histories, and hybrid identities.  


Dr. Saba Soomekh is the Associate Director at AJC-LA and a lecturer at The Academy for Jewish Religion-CA, where she teaches Religious Studies and Middle Eastern History courses. Dr. Soomekh teaches and writes extensively on World Religions, Women and Religion, and the geo-politics of the Middle East. Professor Soomekh is the editor of the book Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America (Purdue University Press, 2016) and the author of the book From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture (SUNY Press, 2012). Dr. Soomekh was the Exhibition Coordinator of the exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA entitled: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews. She was a consultant and participant for PBS’ documentary “Iranian Americans,” which aired on PBS on Dec. 18, 2012. 




October 5, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


MALA: Muslim American Leadership Alliance