The Jewish Quarter brings an uncharacteristically sympathetic portrayal of Jews to Egypt’s blockbuster Ramadan TV season
- Directed by Mohamed el-Adl, the 30-episode series features an Egyptian Jewish protagonist who falls in love with a Muslim soldier in pre-Nasser midcentury Cairo.
- The series has stirred controversy online, with some viewing the series as a capitulation to Israeli interests and others praising the respectful–if somewhat inaccurate–historical depiction of everyday life for Egyptian Jews.
- Cairo’s Jewish population has dwindled drastically from the time in which the series is set to fewer than a dozen today.
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(Image Credit: El-Adl Group, via the New York Times)