The Jew in Medieval Iberia: 1100-1500

The Jew in Medieval Iberia: 1100-1500

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Jonathan Ray

Series: Jews in Space and Time
ISBN: 9781936235353 (hardcover) / 9781618112927 (paperback)
Pages: 468 pp.
Publication Date: December 2011

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The Jew in Medieval Iberia is an exploration of the richness and diversity of Jewish society in Christian Iberia from 1100-1500, providing a fresh look at the ways in which medieval Jews conceived of themselves and their communities, as well as their relationship to the surrounding society. The essays collected in this volume transcend older stereotypes of Christian persecution and Jewish piety to reveal a complex and vibrant community of merchants and scholars, townsmen and women, cultural intermediaries and guardians of religious tradition. Taken together, they present a portrait that adds greater nuances to our understanding of both medieval Jewish and medieval Spanish history.

Jonathan Ray (PhD Jewish Theological Seminary) is the Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University.  He specializes in medieval and early modern Jewish history, focusing on the Sephardic world.  Dr. Ray is the author of The Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia (Cornell University Press, 2006), and a frequent lecturer on Jewish history and inter-religious relations at the Smithsonian Institution and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

Table of Contents

Jonathan Ray

Jonathan P. Decter
Before Caliphs and Kings: Jewish Courtiers in Medieval Iberia
Jane Gerber
The World of Samuel Halevi: Testimony from the El Transito
Synagogue of Toledo
Mariano Gómez Aranda
The Jew as Scientist and Philosopher in Medieval Iberia
Maud Kozodoy
The Physicians in Medieval Iberia (1100-1500)
Vivian B. Mann
The Unknown Jewish Artists of Medieval Iberia
Yom Tov Assis
The Jews of Barcelona in Maritime Trade with the East
Gregory B. Milton
Jews and Finance in Medieval Iberia
Renée Levine Melammed
The Jewish Woman in Medieval Iberia
Hartley Lachter
Jews as Masters of Secrets in Late Thirteenth-Century Castile
Ram Ben-Shalom
Hasdai Crescas: Portrait of a Leader at a time of Crisis
Eric Lawee
Sephardic Intellectuals: Challenges and Creativity (1391-1492).. 352
Esperanza Alfonso
From Al-Andalus to North Africa: The Lineage and Scholarly
Genealogy of a Jewish Family