Jews in Islamic Countries in the Middle Ages

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This book deals with the history of the Jews in Muslim countries, and consists of four parts; the central part is the second one which is a comprehensive history of the Jews of Iraq and Iran, from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries; the first part discusses the origin of the Jews in Yathrib (al-Madina) and the references to Jews in the founding document of the Muslim umma; the third part is a history of Sicily and its Jews during the period of Muslim rule; the fourth part deals with the role played by Jews in the economic life of the Muslim countries in the early Middle Ages. The studies are based mainly on Arab writings and on documents from the Cairo Geniza.

Jews in Islamic Countries in the Middle Ages has been selected by Choice as Outstanding Academic Title (2005).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004138827
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/25/2004
  • Series: Etudes sur le judaisme medieval Series , #28
  • Pages: 830
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 2.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Moshe Gil, Ph.D. (1970) in Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. He has published extensively on mediaeval Jewish and Arab history. His publications in English include: Documents of the Jewish Pious Foundations from the Cairo Geniza (Brill, 1976), and A History of Palestine, 634-1099 (Cambridge University Press, 1992).

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Table of Contents

Tables and lists
Glossary of Hebrew and Arabic terms
Pt. 1 In the Arab Peninsula (1-38)
Ch. 1 The origin of the Jews of Yathrib (1-18) 3
Ch. 2 The constitution of Medina (19-38) 21
Pt. 2 The Jews of Babylonia and Persia (39-306)
Ch. 1 From Sasanian to Islamic rule (39-67) 49
Ch. 2 The Exilarchate (68-85) 83
Ch. 3 The Yeshivot (86-135) 117
Ch. 4 The controversies in the tenth century (136-147) 207
Ch. 5 The sects (148-164) 241
Ch. 6 Annals of the Jews of Babylonia and Persia (165-280) 273
Ch. 7 The Jewish communities of Babylonia and Persia (281-306) 491
Pt. 3 Sicily and its Jews (307-332)
Ch. 1 Muslim rule in Sicily (307-316) 535
Ch. 2 Sicily's economy and the Jewish merchants (317-324) 563
Ch. 3 The towns (325-326) 575
Ch. 4 The Jews of Sicily (327-332) 579
Pt. 4 The Jews in the economic life of the Islamic world in the Geonic period (333-399)
Ch. 1 Agriculture; land assets (333-334) 597
Ch. 2 The major occupations (335-336) 603
Ch. 3 Slaves (337-340) 607
Ch. 4 Jewish merchants and financiers (341-399) 615
Chronology 723
Bibliographical index 749
General index 791
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