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.

ix Introduction Second, the reader may be certain that in doing this, Ashtor has brought to bear not only a deep knowledge of the diverse languages in which that material is expressed but also an aware-ness ( one all too rare today) of the problems— linguistic, philo-logical, historical, and other— that these materials often present to those who seek to interpret them. Ashtor possessed a high degree of understanding of these problems and applied with great skill to their solution, in an informed and judicious man-ner, the methods developed by European scholarship over the last five centuries. Ashtor had read everything: no one who has used his books and articles can come away from them without being excited not only by learning new facts and ideas but also by becom-ing aware of unknown sources, whether only in manuscript or published in obscure, out- of- the- way periodicals available only in some European library to which Ashtor had some-how won access. Those who have read and used his study of the Jews in Moslem Spain, a subject that bristles with difficul-ties for the student, will be aware of the plethora of materials seemingly known only to Ashtor. Even today many of these sources remain unknown beyond the narrowest circles of ac-ademic specialists. Ashtor was a scholar of a generation and of a type that no longer exists today. His education did not just respond to per-sonal interests and leanings in the man; it also correspond-ed intimately to the needs and opportunities opening up in the particular scholarly areas to which he devoted himself; these, in turn, reflected developments in the broader world. The popular image of the scholar as immured in an ivory tow-er isolating him from contact with or awareness of the real world could not be more inappropriate than in Ashtor’s case. Virtually all his scholarly interests concerned the real world: what could be more real than an interest in knowing what peo-ple ate in the middle ages, than a desire to find out what things   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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