Role Model and Countermodel: The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry and German Jewish Culture During the Era of Emancipation

Lexington Books, 2016 - 305 pagina's
This book explores the "Golden Age" of Iberian Jewry and its perception in German-Jewish Culture during the era of emancipation. It joins a discourse in historiography of the way in which fictional writings over a usable past provided a forum for German Jews to engage in internal, as well as external, dialogue and struggle over questions of religious, political and national identity. The book contributes to an already established scholarship discussing the era of emancipation in Germany. Moreover, it seeks to broaden this understanding when focusing on this historical example, arguing that not so much an understanding of assimilation or acculturation of German Jews, but rather models for the incorporation of a Jewish milieu within the dominant society, have to be considered here. For German-speaking Jews, the history of Sephardic Jewry became a historical example with its distinctive valence and signature within German national history. In this respect a notion of intercultural mediation is of central significance, emphasizing the skills and values Jews had to offer to civilization in the past, as well as the significance of that past for their role in present and future societies.

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Carsten Schapkow is associate professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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