The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 5, Jews in the Medieval Islamic World

The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 5, Jews in the Medieval Islamic World

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Volume 5 examines the history of Judaism in the Islamic World from the rise of Islam in the early sixth century to the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the fifteenth. This period witnessed radical transformations both within the Jewish community itself and in the broader contexts in which the Jews found themselves. The rise of Islam had a decisive influence on Jews and Judaism as the conditions of daily life and elite culture shifted throughout the Islamicate world. Islamic conquest and expansion affected the shape of the Jewish community as the center of gravity shifted west to the North African communities, and long-distance trading opportunities led to the establishment of trading diasporas and flourishing communities as far east as India. By the end of our period, many of the communities on the 'other' side of the Mediterranean had come into their own-while many of the Jewish communities in the Islamicate world had retreated from their high-water mark.
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  • Hardback | 1064 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 39mm | 1,430g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521517176
  • 9780521517171
  • 1,296,107

Table of contents

Introduction Phillip I. Lieberman; Part I. Jews in the Medieval Islamic World: 1. The Sources Stefan C. Reif; 2. Jewish perceptions of and attitudes towards Islam and Muslims Ross Brann; 3. Islamic attitudes and policies Mark R. Cohen; 4. The Maghrib and Egypt Menahem Ben-Sasson and Oded Zinger; 5. The Jews of Muslim Spain Jane S. Gerber; 6. Beyond crescent and cross: Jews in medieval Syria and Sicily Brendan Goldman; 7. Yemen and India from the rise of Islam to 1500 Amir Ashur and Elizabeth Lambourn; 8. The Jews of Northern Arabia in early Islam Michael Lecker; 9. Judaism in Pre-Islamic Arabia Christian Julien Robin; 10. The Islamic east Ofir Haim; Part II. Social and Institutional History: 11. Demography and migrations Phillip I. Lieberman; 12. Economic activities Jessica Goldberg; 13. Jewish communal and religious organization Arnold E. Franklin; 14. Schools and education Moshe Sokolow; 15. The life cycle and the annual cycle in Genizah society Miriam Frenkel; 16. The family Miriam Frenkel; Part III. Spiritual and Intellectual History: 17. Karaism Haggai Ben-Shammai; 18. Non-Rabbinic and non-Karaite religious movements Fred Astren; 19. Languages and translations Angel Saenz-Badillos and S. J. Pearce; 20. Book production Judith Olszowy-Schlanger; 21. Jewish bible exegesis in Muslim lands in the middle ages Mordechai Z. Cohen; 22. Jewish law Gideon Libson; 23. Liturgy Stefan C. Reif; 24. Piyyut Tova Beeri; 25. Jewish philosophy Alfred Ivry; 26. Science and medicine Gabriele Ferrario and Maud Kozodoy; 27. Magic Gideon Bohak; 28. Mysticism Sara Sviri; 29. Belles-lettres Raymond P. Scheindlin; 30. Jewish-Muslim polemics Haggai Mazuz; 31. Historiography Katja Vehlow; 32. Material culture and art Vivian Mann and Shalom Sabar.
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About Phillip I. Lieberman

Phillip I. Lieberman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has published widely on medieval Jewish history in the Islamic world, both in books and in American and foreign academic journals. His 2014 book, The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of Sephardi/Mizrahi Culture. He also served as section editor for the award-winning Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (2010).
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