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.

viii INTRODUCTION received his education in the Austrian capital and, shortly af-ter obtaining his doctorate, emigrated to Palestine in 1938. In the following year he became Oriental librarian at the Jewish National and Hebrew University Library and remained in that post until 1957. From 1952 until his death in 1984 he also taught and carried out research at the university, making the medieval history of the Islamic Middle East the main area of his teaching interest and later of his scholarly concern. He be-came professor of Islamic civilization in 1969. His upbringing and training had given Ashtor a mixed ex-pertise, not only in Arabic and Islamic studies, but also in traditional Jewish learning combined with a normal liberal European education. This rich mixture made him at home in a wide range of languages and literatures, of classical and me-dieval Europe as well as of the modern world and the Middle and Near East of all periods. This training and his experience as a librarian went well with an inclination to exacting phil-ological standards in the study of medieval texts and docu-ments, many of them still unpublished. One of the hallmarks of Ashtor’s scholarship is his care-ful attention both to detail and to bibliographical exhaus-tiveness. This is apparent at once in all his publications, whether in the minutely detailed analysis of the contents of a medieval account book or in the assembly and discussion of the sources for medieval Muslim attitudes toward Jews, in the study of fluctuations in the prices of precious metals in the medieval Mediterranean, or in the grand sweep of his magisterial surveys of Jewish history in Spain or in Syria and Egypt over many centuries. It is a hallmark in the sense that his work offers a reader— whether a fellow specialist or a lay reader interested in the subject for its own sake— two assur-ances: first, the reader may be certain that the scholarship is up to date and thorough— the scholar has read and studied in detail all the material of relevance to the subject at hand.   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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