Diarna: Digitally Mapping Mizrahi Heritage

Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher: Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

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

Research Area: Education; Social conditions

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.