A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza, Vol. V: The Individual

A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza, Vol. V: The Individual

by S. D. Goitein

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520221628
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/19/2000
Series: Near Eastern Center, UCLA Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 687
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

S. D. Goitein (1900-1985), scholar, administrator, professor, and author of 500 or more books and articles in Hebrew and English, worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton until his death. A Mediterranean Society was awarded the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Society after publication of the first two volumes. Subsequent volumes received the National Jewish Book Award.

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexix
Author's Notexxiii
Abbreviationsxxv
Map of Medieval Egyptxxxii
XThe Individual: Portrait of a Mediterranean Personality of the High Middle Ages1
Note on the Sources1
A.A Social Being5
1.Gatherings5
Introducing the people of the Geniza
Weekends and holidays
Holy shrines and pilgrimages
Calls and visits, congratulations and condolences
Hospitality
Pastimes
2.Challenges45
Hard times
Poverty
Illness
Old age
3.Death128
Expectations and preparations
A communal event
Living with the dead
B.Awareness of Personality187
1.The Ideal Person187
Character study
The principal virtues
Honor and honesty
2."Your Noble Self." Considerateness214
The personal touch in letters to and from women
Expressions of sensitivity
Moods
3.Rank and renown254
4.Friendship and enmity272
On the nature and history of friendship
Friendship among intellectuals
Breaking off
Envy and enmity
5.Sex307
C.The True Believer323
1.Trust in the Merciful323
2.Close to God332
3.Member of God's community347
4.Schism and counterreformation358
The Karaite response to the fall of Jerusalem in July 1099
Counterreformation
5.Messianic expectations and the World to Come The World to Come391
D.The Prestige of Scholarship415
A Survey415
The Talmudic scholar and student of the Law
The physician and student of the sciences
The astronomer and astrologer
The master of language
The poet
Seven Portraits426
An all-around education
Scholarship as a profession
Scholarship as an avocation
Interconfessional learned contacts
Judah ha-Levi: Poet laureate, religious thinker, communal leader, physician
Pious women
A perfect man with a tragic fate: Abraham Maimonides
Epilogue496
Notes503
Index645

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