The Jews of Moslem Spain, Vol.

This is the first volume of a monumental survey of the Jewish community in Spain under Moslem rule. (See second and third volumes here). It offers the reader access to a difficult subject. The period is recreated in a narrative that flows with life and vitality...unmatched for scholarship and readability.

x INTRODUCTION cost in the medieval market place, than a concern with the rea-sons for mass migrations of people and with the travels of me-dieval merchants over vast distances between central Asia and the western Mediterranean? But Ashtor’s concerns also touched the real world in an-other way: his move to Palestine in the late 1930s and his deep concern thereafter with the history of the Jews in the Islamic environment during the middle ages are revelatory of some-thing beyond the mere interest in the other, beyond the mere fascination with the past that typifies so many scholars in Europe and elsewhere throughout time. Ashtor left a Europe about to tear itself apart and destroy centuries of the Jewish past; he devoted decades of his adult life and most of his ma-ture scholarship to exploring the relationship of the Jews with their Muslim neighbors in the Middle East to which he had come. His exploration of this theme bore many fruits: his his-tory of the Jews in Egypt and Syria ( still not translated into English) and a long stream of articles in a half- dozen differ-ent languages and, of course, the present work on the Jews in Moslem Spain. All these writings bear eloquent witness to a human as well as a purely academic aspect of Ashtor’s work-ing life, to the absence of a divide between the ivory tower and the real world. This linkage between the matter of his research and teaching, on the one hand, and the world in which he lived and in which he and his fellow Zionists were endeavouring to create a new Jewish society is visible in his work in the most obvious manner imaginable, Ashtor’s con-stant emphasis on one feature above all others in his study and exposition of Jewish life under Islam: his constant and repeated insistence on the need for research on Jewish his-torical topics to take account of the fact that the Jews of Islam had always lived as full members of their societies— al-beit not usually as equal members of Islamic societies. He be-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

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FRONT MATTERTITLE PAGECOPYRIGHT PAGECONTENTSLIST OF MAPSINTRODUCTIONFURTHER READINGThe Jews of Moslem SpainVOLUME 11 THE CONQUEST OF SPAIN2 THE FIRST OMAYYADS3 CHAOS IN MOSLEM SPAIN4 RELIGIOUS LIFE IN THE NINTH CENTURY5 HASDAI IBN SHAPRUT6 THE EFFLORESCENCE OF JEWISH CULTURE7 EARNING A LIVELIHOOD8 THE COMMUNITIES OF SPAIN DURING THE ERA OF THE OMAYYADS9 TOWARD THE END OF THE TENTH CENTURYABBREVIATIONSSOURCES1. IN HEBREW2. IN ARABIC3. OTHERNOTESINDEX OF PERSONS AND PLACES
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