The Jews of Medieval Islam: Community, Society and Identity. Proceedings of an International Conference held by the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London 1992

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This volume contains fifteen articles on the communal, social, and intellectual life of medieval Jewry in Islamic lands. The book is divided into three parts. Part I, 'Communities and Their Leaders' is devoted to the old Babylonian center in the East and the Andalusian community in the West. Part II, 'Self-Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Others' investigates the ways in which medieval Jews living under Islam viewed their gentile neighbours and expressed their own identity. Part III, 'Religious Philosophy, Mysticism, and Spirituality in Islam and Judaism' explores the impact of Islamic thought on the Jewish intellectual tradition.
The collection depicts a civilization at once unified and diverse, revealing both consistent patterns of leadership and scholarship as well as distinctively local identities and collective memories.

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'...a richly interesting collection. It provides much encouragement and material for anyone interested in understanding the diversity and creativity of the medieval Islamic world, and in particular for the interaction between Islam and other religions.'
Averil Cameron, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, 1999.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004104044
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Series: Etudes sur le judaisme medieval Series, #16
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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Daniel Frank, Ph.D. (1991) in Near Eastern Languages, Harvard University, is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Wolfson College, Oxford. He has written on Karaite religious philosophy and biblical exegesis and is working on a study of Judah Halevi.
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Table of Contents

The Jew in the Medieval Islamic City 3
Varieties of Inter-Communal Relations in the Geonic Period 17
The Exilarchate 33
Halakhah and Reality in the Gaonic Period: Taqqanah, Minhag, Tradition and Consensus: Some Observations 67
Jewish Elites in al-Andalus 101
The Judeo-Arabic Tradition in Christian Spain 111
Costume as Cultural Statement: The Esthetics, Economics, and Politics of Islamic Dress 127
Persecution, Response, and Collective Memory: The Jews of Islam in the Classical Period 145
Saadya Gaon on Christianity and Islam 165
On Jewish Intellectuals Who Converted in the Early Middle Ages 179
The Shoshanim of Tenth-Century Jerusalem: Karaite Exegesis, Prayer, and Communal Identity 199
Yusuf al-Basir: Theological Aspects of his Halakhic Works 249
Ismaili Theology and Maimonides' Philosophy 271
A Mystical Treatise on Perfection, Providence and Prophecy from the Jewish Sufi Circle 301
Yemenite Philosophical Midrash as a Source for the Intellectual History of the Jews of Yemen 335
Index of Medieval Authors 349
Jewish Authors 349
Muslim Authors 351
Christian Authors 352
Index of Modern Authors 353
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