Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi (second from right) with Bollywood actors Farooq Sheikh (extreme left) and Shabana Azmi (second from left) at the release of his e-book/CD-ROM by the Governor of the Indian State of Haryana, Dr. A. R. Kidwai (extreme right) on the second day of the International Literary Festival in Lucknow on June 12, 2006
Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi's:
"The doctoral thesis of Lucknow-based Navras Jaat Aafreedi on the possible Jewish ancestry of Afridi Pathans, has become one of the most widely discussed works on lost tribes of humanity in recent times."
"Believed to be the first book to combine study of the Lost Tribes of Israel in India with that of the Indian Jews, and a rare major work by a non-Jew on the subject of the Lost Tribes of Israel."
- The Jerusalem Post, December, 17, 2006
"Historians and scholars like Professor S. N. Sinha, former head of the department of history, Jamia Millia Islamia and Professor V. D. Pandey, Head of the Department of Medieval & Modern Indian History, Lucknow University, have found Navras' research a 'landmark' study on the Jews in India and their links to Uttar Pradesh...
"Historians...believe that Navras' research may turn out to be a milestone in the genealogical-historical research that takes place in an obscure corner of Lucknow, rediscovering a link lost in the passage of time. The study, for once, proves that the world is, in fact, a global village."
"...a comprehensive and perhaps a landmark study of the Jews in India."
- Prof. S. N. Sinha, Emeritus Professor, Allahabad University and Former Head of the Department of History, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, India
"...a significant work of reference, and throughout is most interesting and written in an elegant and lucid style. It is a welcome contribution to the field of Indo-Judaic Studies, and fills a lacuna in our sketchy, often shadowy knowledge of the Indian Jews and the claimants of Israelite descent in India."
- Prof. K. P. Mishra, Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Gorakhpur, India
"...an admirably lucid and elegant account of the history of Indian Jews and those groups who profess to have descended from the 'Lost Tribes of Israel."
- Prof. V. D. Pandey, Head, Department of Medieval & Modern Indian History, University of Lucknow, India
CHAPTER I: Indian Jewish Communities
CHAPTER II: The Self-Professed 'Lost Tribes of Israel' in India
CHAPTER III: Synagogues in India
CHAPTER IV: The Indian Jewry in Israel
CHAPTER V: Jews in Indian Culture
CHAPTER VI: Sarmad: The Jewish Sufi Saint of India
APPENDIX I: The Tradition of Military Service among the Indian Jews
APPENDIX II: Jews in the Indian Freedom Struggle
APPENDIX III: Jewish-Muslim Relations in India
APPENDIX IV: The Jewish Origin of the Canaanite/Kananaya Christians of Kerala
APPENDIX V: The Localities named after Bani Israil (Children of Israel) in India
APPENDIX VI: Interview with Nissim Moses
APPENDIX VII: Indian Jewish Outlook
APPENDIX VIII: Afridi Perceptions
APPENDIX IX: The Israelite Origin of Qidwais/Kidwais
APPENDIX X: Lists of Indian Jewish Actors' Films and a list of Ezra Mir directed films
APPENDIX XI: Amishav Literature
APPENDIX XII: Letter from Amishav to the present author
APPENDIX XIII: Letter from Beit Zur to the author
APPENDIX XIV: A Bene Israel Wedding Invitation Card
APPENDIX XV: Press Coverage of the Research
Raphael Ezekiel Jhirad, Director, Bene Israel Heritage Museum & Genealogical Research Centre, 5 Purima, 20 Nepeansea Road, Mumbai - 400 036, India