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.

vii INTRODUCTION by DAVID J. WASSERSTEIN Eliyahu Ashtor’s The Jews of Moslem Spain is a classic. It was pub-lished in two volumes in Hebrew in the years 1960 and 1966, and its English translation appeared in three volumes under The Jewish Publication Society’s imprint in Philadelphia in the years 1973, 1979, and 1984. The work’s inclusion in The Jewish Publication Society’s list was an indication of its ac-ceptance by the establishment, in the best sense of that ex-pression, and of the status both of the subject itself and of the author. Moslem Spain was an important area of Jewish history still in need of extended scholarly treatment, both for a specialist and for a lay audience; Eliyahu Ashtor pos-sessed precisely the qualities necessary to present this subject to both audiences. Ashtor* was born in Vienna in 1914, of Galician parentage; he * His name at birth was Strauss; he adopted the Hebrew name only after World War II. The story is widely told among his colleagues and friends in Jerusalem that after a lecture at an international congress delivered by “ Eliyahu Ashtor,” sometime in the nineteen fifties, a member of the audience rose to his feet to compliment the speaker but at the same time to suggest that he should have done his homework and read the fundamental studies on the subject by one “ E. Strauss.” Ashtor loved telling this story.  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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