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The Romani Gypsies
The Romani, Roma, Roms or Gypsies (a misnomer which has survived since Europeans thought they were Egyptians) have intrigued many a European vacationer. In the absence of a consistent narrative about the itinerant people, many Westerners who encounter Roms in their travels rely on fictional depictions of the culture, leading them to consider Roms as merely exotic entertainment or even as a minor threat. In his new book The Romani Gypsies, Yaron Matras, professor of Linguistics and editor of the journal Romani Studies, challenges the stereotypes surrounding this ostracized community throughout Europe and America.