Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780029115749
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 592,176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: An Enigma of 1492
1 Volatile Origins: The Early History of Jewish Life in Spain 1
2 The Birth of Sepharad: From the Muslim Conquest to the Caliphate of Cordoba 27
3 The Golden Era: The Emergence of Sephardic Civilization 59
4 The Reconquista: Jews and the New Realities of Christian Spain 91
5 Path to Expulsion: The Decline and Destruction of Spanish Jewry 115
6 Return to the Islamic World: The Sephardic Diaspora in Muslim Lands 145
7 The Westward Journey: Europe and the New World 177
8 Encounter with Modernity: Ottoman Decline and the Ascendance of the West 213
9 Revival and Return: Sephardic Jews in the Post-War Era 253
Appendix 1: The Edict of Expulsion 285
Appendix 2: Immigration Tables 291
Appendix 3: Maps 293
Notes 299
A Note on Further Reading 309
Index 319
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