Jewish presence in Malabar (also known as Kerala) is attested since the ninth century in various sources and diverse languages. Malabar Jewry emerged out of the medieval Indian Ocean maritime trade networks and in the context of intense inter-cultural contacts between West and South Asia. This book ventures to contextualize Malabar Jewish history in long-distance trade networks and their transition from the medieval Arab maritime trade (900s-1500s).
Chapter One: Jewish History in Malabar 849
Chapter Two: Jewish Maritime Networks in Old Malayalam Inscriptions
Chapter Three: The Genizah India Traders in Malabar
Chapter Four: Jewish Spaces in the Landscape
Chapter Five: Mapping and Weaving Literary Networks
Chapter Six: The Biblical Pāṭṭu, Jewish Liturgy, and Bible Commentaries
Chapter Seven: Concluding Remarks