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What was daily life like for the Jews during their almost fifteen-hundred-year sojourn in the Iberian Peninsula?
This course will explore the social and religious aspects of Iberian Jewish life, from its origins in early Roman times, through its development under Islam, down through the expulsions and forced conversions to Christianity. Dr. Benjamin Gampel, the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at Jewish Theological Seminary, will conclude with a discussion on the early years of the Sephardic diaspora, touching on themes of communal crisis, demographic shifts, and cultural transformation.
The syllabus for this course is as follows:
Aug 13 – Sephardic Jewry Comes of Age: How Golden Was It?
Aug 20 – The Muslims Fall and the Christians are Triumphant: And What About the Jews?
Aug 27 – Riots, Inquisition and Expulsion: The Birth of the Sephardic Diaspora
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Dr. Benjamin Gampel serves as the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at Jewish Theological Seminary. A specialist in medieval and early modern Jewries, Dr. Gampel recently published Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391–1392, which was granted the 2016 National Jewish Book Council's Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award in Scholarship.
Dr. Gampel, who earned his doctorate from Columbia University, spent almost a year researching in local Spanish archives for his first book The Last Jews on Iberian Soil. Thanks to h ...
Dr. Gampel, who earned his doctorate from Columbia University, spent almost a year researching in local Spanish archives for his first book The Last Jews on Iberian Soil. Thanks to his painstaking work, Dr. Gampel was able to re-create some of the long-forgotten history of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula. He also edited the volume Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World, 1391–1648.
Benjamin Gampel: The History of the Sephardic Jews