Late Medieval Jewish Identities: Iberia and Beyond

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

EditorMaria Esperanza Alfonso, Carmen Caballero-Navas

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Medieval Iberia offers one of the few examples of coexistence over an extended period of time between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in pre-modern Europe. Taking the Jewish community as a focal point, this book thoroughly explores the various “borders”—geographical divides, religious affiliations, gender boundaries, genre divisions—that ruled the lives and intellectual production of late medieval Jews. By shedding new light on the ways in which these boundaries generated the Jewish communities’ multiple, overlapping, and conflicting identities, this book breaks new ground in the study of cultural exchange in the Middle Ages.

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Medieval Iberia offers one of the few examples of coexistence over an extended period of time between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in pre-modern Europe. Taking the Jewish community as a focal point, this book thoroughly explores the various “borders”—geographical divides, religious affiliations, gender boundaries, genre divisions—that...

Esperanza Alfonso is Research Fellow at the CCHS (CSIC, Madrid). She is the author of Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes and the editor of a treatise on medieval Jewish-Islamic polemics (‘Abd al-H?aqq al-Islami, Al-Sayf al-mamdud ‘ala akhbar al-yahud), as well as several other works on Medieval Jewish and Islamic cultural history.Car...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:318 pages, 9.58 × 6.21 × 1.1 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230608337

ISBN - 13:9780230608337

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Introduction—Carmen Caballero-Navas and Esperanza Alfonso * PART I: On Borders and Boundaries * Bloodshed and Borders: Violence and Acculturation in Late Medieval Jewish Society—Mark Meyerson * The Identity of Zequiel: Conversos, Historiography, and Familiar Spirits—Eleazar Gutwirth * PART II: Converso Identity * Identities in Flux: Iberian Conversos at Home and Abroad—Renée Levine Melammed * Polemical Strategy and the Rhetoric of Authority in Abner of Burgos/Alfonso of Valladolid—Ryan Szpiech * PART III: Female Identity * Jewish Women in Ashkenaz: Renegotiating Jewish Gender Roles in Northern Europe—Judith R. Baskin * Queen for a Day: The Exclusion of Jewish Women from Public Life in the Middle Ages—Asunción Blasco Martínez * “Only That Which I Have Lost Is Now Mine Forever”: The Memory of Names and the History of Jewish and Converso Women in Medieval Girona—Silvia Planas Marcé * PART IV:  Is There a Sense of Otherness in the Sciences? * Arav and Edom as Cultural Resources of Medieval Judaism: Contrasting Attitudes toward Arabic and Latin Learning in the Midi and in Italy—Gad Freudenthal * Science and Jewish Identity in the Works of Abraham Zacut (1452–1515)—Mariano Gómez Aranda * The Incorporation of Foreign Medical Literature into the Medieval Jewish Corpus—Lola Ferre * PART V: Representation of Otherness and Construction of Identity in Literature * The Seri ha-yagon [Balm for Assuaging Grief] by Ibn Falaquera: A Case of Literary Crossbreeding—Aurora Salvatierra Ossorio * Defining Borders: Early Fifteenth-Century Jews from the Crown of Aragon in Search of their Identity—Ángel Sáenz-Badillos * The Representation of Conversos in Bonafed’s Diwan—Arturo Prats * PART VI: Representation of Otherness and Construction of Identity in the Visual Arts * Jewish Mudejarismo and the Invention of Tradition—Eva Frojmovic * The Jew’s Face: Vision, Knowledge, and Identity in Medieval Anti-Jewish Caricature—Sara Lipton          

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"This collection of essays by an international group of scholars is organized around the theme of 'Jewish identities,' but transcends its original goal, making a fine joint contribution to the historiography of Iberian Judaism and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the late Middle Ages." - The Medieval Review

"Highly focused and insightful." - Journal of Jewish Studies