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

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Lexington Books, 9 dec. 2015 - 322 pagina's
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This book explores the “Golden Age” of Sephardic Jewry on the Iberian Peninsula and its perception in German Jewish culture during the era of emancipation. For Jews living in Germany, the history of Sephardic Jewry developed into a historical example with its distinctive valence and signature against the pressure to assimilate and the emergence of anti-Semitism in Germany. It provided, moreover, a forum to engage in internal dialogue amongst Jews and external dialogue with German majority society about challenging questions of religious, political, and national identity. In this respect, the perception of prominent Sephardic Jews as intercultural mediators was key to emphasizing the skills and values Jews had to offer to civilizations in the past. German Jews invoked this past significance in their case for a Jewish role in present and future societies, especially in Germany.
 

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1 IberianSephardic Culture as Intercultural System of Reference
1
2 The Significance of IberianSephardic Culture for the Haskalah
35
3 The Origins of the Science of Judaism
91
4 Jewish Historiography and Jewish History in Spain as a Countermodel
149
5 Adaptations of the Iberian Role and Countermodel
201
Conclusion
265
Bibliography
269
Index
289
About the Author
305
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Carsten Schapkow is associate professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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