Convivencia

Convivencia

Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the golden age produced by the mingling of the three cultures in medieval Spain and shows examples of arts and crafts

Blackwell North Amer
The Middle Ages in Spain - the period from the Muslim Conquest in 711 to the expulsion of the Jews and the defeat of the last Muslim ruler in 1492 - witnessed an extraordinary "Golden Age" through the intermingling of its Jewish, Muslim, and Christian inhabitants. This volume explores the nature of their coexistence (termed convivencia by Spanish historians), which embraced not only ideological interchange and cultural influence, but also mutual friction, rivalry, and suspicion.
The cultural and social dynamics underlying convivencia powerfully influenced the creation of poetry, art, architecture, and the material culture of Spain, as well as the transmission and absorption of scientific ideas and technology from East to West. Explored by leading scholars in each of these fields, the cultural treasures of convivencia range from Hebrew biblical manuscripts illuminated with Islamic stylistic motifs, to astrolabes with Latin inscriptions, to the first examples of secular Hebrew poetry. More than one hundred of these objects are united for the first time in an exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York.
At a time when the study of cultural fusion is receiving increasing attention, this volume offers a fresh and comprehensive view of Spain's pluralistic medieval society. Moreover, it celebrates an inspiring history of cultural achievement in the context of intergroup relations that were both negative and positive.

Publisher: New York : G. Braziller in association with the Jewish Museum, 1992
ISBN: 9780807612835
0807612839
9780807612866
0807612863
Branch Call Number: 946.02
Characteristics: xiii, 263 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm

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