Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora

Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora

by Julia R. Lieberman

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Groundbreaking essays on Sephardic Jewish families in the Ottoman Empire and Western Sephardic communitiesSee more details below


Groundbreaking essays on Sephardic Jewish families in the Ottoman Empire and Western Sephardic communities

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“The voices that come alive in Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora beat down the tiresome impulse to prove history relevant. Instead, the six excellent and painstakingly researched scholarly papers, edited by Julia R. Lieberman, prove their worth in a better way: They tell stories that reveal how besieged societies strain to hold on to their traditions and to civilized life.”—Forward

“Having escaped the Inquisition, many Sephardic Jews were by the beginning of the 16th century already scattered throughout a variety of locations in Asia, Africa, and Europe. And, as we know from more recent immigrations, it isn’t always easy for newcomers to get along with the local bigwigs who have their own established ideas about how to run things. The six academic essays collected by Julia Lieberman in Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora explore the day-to-day lives of these far-flung Jews as their practices and traditions clashed with those of the Jews who were their new neighbors in the Ottoman empire.”—Tablet Magazine

“[A]n invaluable resource for both students and experienced researchers studying early modern Jewry, the Sephardic diasporic experience, or Jewish family life.”—AJS Review

“[T]he articles in Sephardi Family Life are all fascinating, drawing on a range of source materials (Halakhic responsa, Inquisition records, communal archives) and disciplinary approaches. . . . The lives of ordinary people, especially women and children, emerge from these articles in flashes of clarity, allowing the reader glimpses of what is usually lost to historical memory.” ‘Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora moves our knowledge of early modern Jewish women and families forward by a significant step. . . . [It] contributes to a new image of the late medieval and early modern Sephardi world not only as religiously complex, but also as a fully lived, idiosyncratic, and deeply human culture.”—Jewish Book Word

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Brandeis University Press
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HBI Series on Jewish Women
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New Edition
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Michael Alpert
“Professor Lieberman has edited six thoroughly referenced and stimulating articles on Sephardi life, both in the Ottoman Empire and in the Western Sephardi communities which were founded by refugees from the Inquisition. Most of the articles deal with a range of new situations arising from women’s lives, sometimes because of rabbinical disagreements between the newcomers from Spain and the existing Jewish communities in the Ottoman world, at others because of particular issues created by divorce and separation, while yet others emerged from women’s new position in modern, commercial societies.”

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