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Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia / Edition 1 available in Paperback
No subject looms larger over the historical landscape of medieval Spain than that of the reconquista, the rapid expansion of the power of the Christian kingdoms into the Muslim-populated lands of southern Iberia, which created a broad frontier zone that for two centuries remained a region of warfare and peril. Drawing on a large fund of unpublished material in royal, ecclesiastical, and municipal archives as well as rabbinic literature, Jonathan Ray reveals a society that transcended religious boundaries. The result was a wave of Jewish settlements marked by a high degree of openness, mobility, and interaction with both Christians and Muslims.
About the Author:
Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Series:||Conjunctions of Religion and Power in the Medieval Past Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments vii
List of Abbreviations ix
The Jewish Settler and the Frontier 11
The Migration of Jewish Settlers to the Frontier 15
Jewish Landownership 36
Moneylending and Beyond: The Jews in the Economic Life of the Frontier 55
The Jewish Community and the Frontier 73
Royal Authority and the Legal Status of Iberian Jewry 75
Jewish Communal Organization and Authority 98
Communal Tensions and the Question of Jewish Autonomy 131
Maintenance of Social Boundaries on the Iberian Frontier 145