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Diarna: Digitally Mapping Mizrahi Heritage

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Frances Malino; Jason Guberman-Pfeffer; Frances Malino; Jason Guberman-Pfeffer

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2009, pp.42-44.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Information services and sources)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: Mizrahi Jews; Internet; History; Technology

Type: Report


The authors discuss Diarna ("our home" in Judeo-Arabic), a new project in which scholars, social entrepreneurs, Google Earth developers and Middle Eastern researchers are collaborating to gather photographs and other multimedia materials from physical locations of former Mizrahi Jewish life, and map it all on Google Earth. The project can help to document traces of Jewish life before they vanish, the authors explain, in addition to being a valuable pedagogical tool.