Bridging civilizations

Normally the elites of Iraqi Jewry in London are associated with the great merchant families, but Nessim Dawood represented an aristocracy of knowledge instead.

January 22, 2015 15:49
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Nessim Dawood was a mentor and a friend. Visiting him and his wife, Juliet, in their London home was an encounter with a unique kind of aristocracy. Normally the elites of Iraqi Jewry in London are associated with the great merchant families that established themselves over the centuries along the coastal cities of Asia from India to Hong Kong. He represented an aristocracy of knowledge.

Like his friend Prof. Elie Kedourie, he served as a critical intellectual bridge between the Middle East and Britain, which had multiple diplomatic, military and commercial ties that needed and used his skills. These men came from an Iraq that was crumbling.


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