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Sephardic And Mizrahi Jewry / Edition 1
     

Sephardic And Mizrahi Jewry / Edition 1

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by Zion Zohar
 

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ISBN-10: 0814797067

ISBN-13: 9780814797068

Pub. Date: 01/02/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

Sephardic Jews trace their origins to Spain and Portugal. They enjoyed a renaissance in these lands until their expulsion from Spain in 1492, when they settled in the countries along the Mediterranean, throughout the Ottoman Empire, in the Balkans, and in the lands of North Africa, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, mixing with the Mizrahi, or Oriental, Jews

Overview

Sephardic Jews trace their origins to Spain and Portugal. They enjoyed a renaissance in these lands until their expulsion from Spain in 1492, when they settled in the countries along the Mediterranean, throughout the Ottoman Empire, in the Balkans, and in the lands of North Africa, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, mixing with the Mizrahi, or Oriental, Jews already in these locations. Sephardic Jews have contributed some of the most important Jewish philosophers, poets, biblical commentators, Talmudic and Halachic scholars, and scientists, and have had a significant impact on the development of Jewish mysticism.

Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry brings together original work from the world's leading scholars to present a deep introductory overview of their history and culture over the past 1500 years. The book presents an overarching chronological and thematic survey of topics ranging from the origin of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry and their history to kabbalah, philosophy, and biblical commentary, and Sephardic Jewish life in the modern era. This collection represents the most up-to-date scholarship about Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry available.

Contributors include: Mark R. Cohen, Norman Stillman, David Bunis, Jonathan Decter, Yitzhak Kalimi, Moshe Idel, Annette B. Fromm, Zvi Zohar, Morris Fairstein, Pamela Dorn Sezgin, Mark Kligman, and Henry Abramson.

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ISBN-13:
9780814797068
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part I
1 A Global Perspective on Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry
Zion Zohar
2 The Origins of Sephardic Jewry in the Medieval Arab World
Mark R. Cohen
3 The Judeo-Arabic Heritage
Norman A. Stillman
4 Judeo-Spanish Culture in Medieval and Modern Times
David M. Bunis
5 Literatures of Medieval Sepharad
Jonathan P. Decter
6 Medieval Sephardic-Oriental Jewish Bible Exegesis
Isaac Kalimi
7 Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah in Spain
Moshe Idel
Part II
8 Hispanic Culture in Exile: Sephardic Life in the Ottoman Balkans
Annette B. Fromm
9 Sephardic Jurisprudence in the Recent Half-Millennium
Zvi Zohar
10 Safed Kabbalah and the Sephardic Heritage
Morris M. Faierstein
11 Jewish Women in the Ottoman Empire
Paméla Dorn Sezgin
Part III
12 Early Modern Sephardim and Blacks: Contact and Conflict between Two Minorities
Jonathan Schorsch
13 Diversity and Uniqueness: An Introduction to Sephardic Liturgical Music
Mark Kligman
14 A Double Occlusion: Sephardim and the Holocaust
Henry Abramson
15 Sephardim and Oriental Jews in Israel: Rethinking the Sociopolitical Paradigm
Zion Zohar
About the Contributors
Index

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Sephardic And Mizrahi Jewry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is a fantastic, interesting, and very readable overview of all the important aspects of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry--origins, language, history, culture, contributions to the Jewish and non-Jewish world, etc... Very accessible for the layperson and yet sophisticated enough for the scholar. Clears up what exactly are the 3 main ethnic groups within the Jewish people and how they came about. The introductory essay gives an excellent overview of each chapter and its highlights. The final chapter by the editor proposes a new and very challenging theory as to why Jews from Arab lands experienced discrimination upon making aliyah (coming to live) in Israel. This is THE book you want if you are looking for the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of this subject. A pleasure to read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fully agree with Professor Jane Gerber (from the Institute for Sephardic studies at the graduate Center of the State University of New York) in her review found in the back cover of the book. The book is not only covering the history and culture of the Sephardic Jews from antiquity to the modern times it also provides a fresh perspective on many topics relating to Sephardic Jewry. Though the different essays were written by major scholars in the field (providing state of the art of the field) it is very accessible and enjoyable reading. I highly recommend this book.