The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal: Survival of an Imperiled Culture in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Dolores Sloan offers a compelling portrait of the Sephardic Jews, who created a Golden Age on the Iberian Peninsula under Moslem rule for almost 700 years, then continued to advance science, medicine, political economy, government and the arts under the Christian hegemony that followed.
Forward by Jonathan Kirsch
254pp. softcover 2009
published by McFarland & Company, Inc.
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From the Preface
“They watched the Romans come and go, saw the Vandals and Visigoths slay and slaughter. They melded their talents and skills with the conquering Muslims—like them, children of Abraham, father to both religions—who used them well and taught them much. They served loyally the reconquering Christian sires of Aragón and Valencia and Catalonia, yes, and Castile. Their maps charted the way to victory for the galleons, cogs and caravels built in the shipyards of Barcelona. Their applications of math and astronomy created and improved the instruments of Portuguese and Spanish navigators and explorers. Their understanding of negotiation and world affairs found them sought after by monarchs for delicate diplomacy. Their ships brought sweets and spices to the tables of the titled and wealthy. Their artisans and craftsmen, musicians and poets created objects and words to adorn and appreciate. And their men of medicine ministered to royalty and commoner alike. Their sweat sweetened the soil of Sefarad.”