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.

xi Introduction lieved that any study of the Jews in, say, Islamic Spain must be a study not only of the Jews but of the Jews in and as part of their Islamic environment; it must therefore reflect that Islamic environment. This means that any history of the Jews in an Islamic society must do more than indirectly acknowl-edge the existence of that Islamic society— as rulers, as the popular majority, occasionally as the oppressor. It must also take into account the surrounding society and relate to it in the fullest sense: the historian of the Jews under Islamic rule is also an Islamic historian. The historian of the Jews under Islam who cannot, or will not, for example, read sources writ-ten in Arabic, by Muslims for a Muslim readership, is not a competent historian. This is not simply an old- fashioned, purist view about access to materials and willingness to use them but rather a logical, common- sense view of the need properly to understand that circumambient society and to bring this informed understand-ing to the study of the Jews. For Ashtor realized that Jewish history had changed: no longer was it merely the narrative of tribulations undergone by a suffering group of exiles, a histo-riographical practice made fashionable by Jewish scholars in the nineteenth century; now it was of serious concern, with wider but no less serious historical problems. Without some awareness of the context in which the Jewish past had been experienced, any explanation of the reasons for the particular shapes it had taken would necessarily be lacking in explanatory power or per-suasive force. This view may appear almost too obvious to need stressing: We should look at the Jews in their context; see them as part of their surroundings. Yet it is surprising that the opposite has often been the case. Ashtor’s was certainly not the first history of the Jews in Spain— it may lay claim to being the first modern history of the Jews in Moslem Spain— but there were other books on the Jews in Spain before his. Where his   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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