Before the Second World War, two golden 'promised lands' beckoned the thousands of Baghdadi Jews who lived in Southeast Asia: the British Empire, on which 'the sun never set,' and the promised land of their religious tradition, Jerusalem. Almost Englishmen studies the less well-known of these destinations. The book combines history and cultural studies to look into a significant yet relatively unknown period, analyzing to full effect the way Anglo culture transformed the immigrant Bagdhadi Jews.
Anthropologist Ruth Fredman Cernea has been researching the history of the Baghdadi Jewish communities of Southeast Asia since her first visit to Burma in 1987.
Chapter 1 Letter from Ellis Sofaer Chapter 2 Introduction: The Baghdadi Diaspora Chapter 3 Adventurers and Entrepreneurs Chapter 4 Beautiful Burmese Days Chapter 5 Three Cheers for the King and the British Empire Chapter 6 The Comforts of Home Chapter 7 Bene Israel vs. Baghdadis: The Court Case Chapter 8 Desperate Passage to India: The War in Burma Chapter 9 Return to Burma Chapter 10 Burma and Israel Chapter 11 Embers Chapter 12 Appendix A: Proceedings of the High Court of Judicature, Rangoon, 1935-1936 Chapter 13 Appendix B: List of Families to Be Evacuated from Burma to Israel Chapter 14 Appendix C: Additional List of Potential Emigrants to Israel, 1949 Chapter 15 Appendix D: Jewish Community of Burma, 1959 Chapter 16 Appendix E: Jewish People and Their Descendents in Burma, c. 1986