The Jews of Spain

A History of the Sephardic Experience
Gerber, Jane S. (Book - 1994 )
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The Jews of Spain

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The history of the Jews of Spain is a remarkable story that begins in the remote past and continues today. For more than a thousand years, Sepharad (the Hebrew word for Spain) was home to a large Jewish community noted for its richness and virtuosity. Summarily expelled in 1492 and forced into exile, their tragedy of expulsion marked the end of one critical phase of their history and the beginning of another. Indeed, in defiance of all logic and expectation, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain became an occasion for renewed creativity. Nor have five hundred years of wandering extinguished the identity of the Sephardic Jews, or diminished the proud memory of the dazzling civilization which they created on Spanish soil.This book is intended to serve as an introduction and scholarly guide to that history.
Authors: Gerber, Jane S.
Title: The Jews of Spain
a history of the Sephardic experience
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 1994, c1992
Edition: 1st Free Press Paperback ed
Characteristics: xxv, 333, [24] p. of plates :,plates, ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jane S. Gerber
Contents: Introduction: An enigma of 1492
Volatile origins: The early history of Jewish life in Spain
The birth of Sepharad: from the Muslim conquest to the Caliphate of Córdoba
The golden era: The emergence of Sephardic civilization
The reconquista: Jews and the new realities of Christian Spain
Path to expulsion: The decline and destruction of Spanish Jewry
Return to the Islamic World: The Sephardic diaspora in Muslim lands
The Westward journey: Europe and the New World
Encounter with modernity: Ottoman decline and the ascendance of the West
Revival and return: Sephardic Jews in the Post-War Era
ISBN: 0029115744
Branch Call Number: 946.0049 G362j 1994
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-308) and index
Subject Headings: Spain Ethnic relations Sephardim History Jews Spain History
Topical Term: Sephardim
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A history charting the story of "New Christians," secret Jews who were persecuted by the Inquisition, from Mexico to Peru, together with the story of Sephardic communities that flourished openly from Romania, Syria and Turkey to the U.S. and Barbados.

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