After Expulsion 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry

ISBN-10: 0814729118
ISBN-13: 9780814729113
Edition: 2012
Authors: Jonathan S. Ray
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

On August 3, 1492, the same day that Columbus set sail from Spain, the long and glorious history of that nation’s Jewish community officially came to a close. The expulsion of Europe’s last major Jewish community ended more than a thousand years of unparalleled prosperity, cultural vitality and intellectual productivity. Yet, the crisis of 1492 also gave rise to a dynamic and resilient diaspora society spanning East and West. After Expulsiontraces the various paths of migration and resettlement of Sephardic Jews and Conversos over the course of the tumultuous sixteenth century. Pivotally, the volume argues that the exiles did not become “Sephardic Jews” overnight. Only in the second and third generation did these disparate groups coalesce and adopt a “Sephardic Jewish” identity. After Expulsionpresents a new and fascinating portrait of Jewish society in transition from the medieval to the early modern period, a portrait that challenges many longstanding assumptions about the differences between Europe and the Middle East.

Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. nbsp;

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Medieval Inheritance
The Long Road into Exile
An Age of Perpetual Migration
Community and Control in the Sephardic Diaspora
Families, Networks, and the Challenge of Social Organization
Rabbinic and Popular Judaism in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean
Imagining Sepharad135
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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