After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry by Jonathan S. Ray

By Jonathan S. Ray

Honorary point out for the 2014 Medieval and Early glossy Jewish historical past part publication award provided via the organization for Jewish Studies

On August three, 1492, an analogous day that Columbus set sail from Spain, the lengthy and wonderful background of that nation’s Jewish group formally got here to a detailed. The expulsion of Europe’s final significant Jewish group ended greater than one thousand years of unprecedented prosperity, cultural energy and highbrow productiveness. but, the situation of 1492 additionally gave upward thrust to a dynamic and resilient diaspora society spanning East and West.
 
After Expulsion strains a few of the paths of migration and resettlement of Sephardic Jews and Conversos over the process the tumultuous 16th century. Pivotally, the amount argues that the exiles didn't develop into “Sephardic Jews” in a single day. simply within the moment and 3rd new release did those disparate teams coalesce and undertake a “Sephardic Jewish” identification.
 
After Expulsion offers a brand new and engaging portrait of Jewish society in transition from the medieval to the early smooth interval, a portrait that demanding situations many longstanding assumptions concerning the alterations among Europe and the center East.
 
 

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Indeed, the various levels and facets of the Spanish judicial system continued to function amid the prevailing commotion of the day. Ibn Jamil and his party were not despoiled of all their possessions let alone killed outright, despite being easy targets for bandits. He relates that the conditions of their jails were deplorable, but that they were not left there to rot. Indeed, after having been moved from one locale to another by the Christian authorities, Ibn Jamil was eventually returned to Granada, the site of his last capture.

A substantial minority of the Jews acquiesced to these tactics, but most resisted. 29 Those stalwart Jews that eventually reached North Africa 42 << The Long Road into Exile had succeeded in thwarting royal and ecclesiastical efforts at conversion. Sadly, their time of troubles was only just beginning. North Africa In retrospect, it is tempting to contrast the mass conversion of the Jews in Portugal with the relatively open welcome they received in the Ottoman Empire, and from thence to draw conclusions about the relative treatment of religious minorities in the early modern Christian and Muslim worlds.

There, he was kept in prison but was nonetheless able to reclaim his possessions, which, incredibly enough, were still extant and recoverable. Eventually, after seizing two of his sons in order to force his conversion, his captors relented and set him free. He was remanded to the custody of a Christian named Juan de Salas, one of several “righteous Gentiles” he mentions. 8 36 << The Long Road into Exile His two sons were not as lucky. 9 Eventually, the two brothers were reunited in the service of the same master and established contact with their father in North Africa via a merchant who acted as an intermediary between Ibn Jamil and the Christian lord.

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