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Jews of Spain : A History of the Sephardic Experience - Jane S. Gerber

Jews of Spain

A History of the Sephardic Experience

Paperback Published: 31st January 1994
ISBN: 9780029115749
Number Of Pages: 400

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The history of the Jews of Spain is a remarkable story that begins in the remote past and continues today. For more than a thousand years, Sepharad (the Hebrew word for Spain) was home to a large Jewish community noted for its richness and virtuosity. Summarily expelled in 1492 and forced into exile, their tragedy of expulsion marked the end of one critical phase of their history and the beginning of another. Indeed, in defiance of all logic and expectation, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain became an occasion for renewed creativity. Nor have five hundred years of wandering extinguished the identity of the Sephardic Jews, or diminished the proud memory of the dazzling civilization which they created on Spanish soil.This book is intended to serve as an introduction and scholarly guide to that history.

Introduction: An Enigma of 1492
Volatile Origins: The Early History of Jewish Life in Spainp. 1
The Birth of Sepharad: From the Muslim Conquest to the Caliphate of Cordobap. 27
The Golden Era: The Emergence of Sephardic Civilizationp. 59
The Reconquista: Jews and the New Realities of Christian Spainp. 91
Path to Expulsion: The Decline and Destruction of Spanish Jewryp. 115
Return to the Islamic World: The Sephardic Diaspora in Muslim Landsp. 145
The Westward Journey: Europe and the New Worldp. 177
Encounter with Modernity: Ottoman Decline and the Ascendance of the Westp. 213
Revival and Return: Sephardic Jews in the Post-War Erap. 253
Appendix 1: The Edict of Expulsionp. 285
Appendix 2: Immigration Tablesp. 291
Appendix 3: Mapsp. 293
Notesp. 299
A Note on Further Readingp. 309
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780029115749
ISBN-10: 0029115744
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 31st January 1994
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1