Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia

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This is the first encyclopedic work to focus exclusively on medieval Jewish civilization, from the fall of the Roman Empire to about 1492. The more than 150 alphabetically organized entries, written by scholars from around the world, include biographies, countries, events, social history, and religious concepts. The coverage is international, presenting people, culture, and events from various countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia website.

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This hefty, double-columned tome offers comprehensive treatment of a key period in Jewish history. The more than 100 entries were contributed by a worldwide selection of noted scholars and edited by Roth (Conversos, Inquisition, and the Expulsion of Jews from Spain). Most of the entries run more than a few pages, and those on critical topics (such as the "Church and the Jews" or "Islam and Jews") are longer. Noted figures such as Moses Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher and codifier, are placed in the context of their times. Many locations (such as Germany) are also treated in depth, and coverage is given to more current topics not found in older encyclopedias, such as the role of women and the place of marriage in society. Each entry has cross references in capital letters and a current bibliography that includes works in English and other languages. Although scholars will appreciate this work, informed lay readers and college students will find it especially helpful, as the articles are clear, easy to read, and well summarized. The articles also update the traditional first source for information on Judaism, The Encyclopaedia Judaica. Highly recommended for libraries with larger history or Judaic collections.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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