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Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews

Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel


Though the existence of Jewish regional cultures is widely known, the origins of the most prominent groups, Ashkenaz and Sepharad, are poorly understood, and the rich variety of other regional Jewish identities is often overlooked. Yet all these subcultures emerged in the Middle Ages. Scholars contributing to the present study were invited to consider how such regional identities were fashioned, propagated, reinforced, contested, and reshaped — and to reflect on the developments, events, or encounters that made these identities manifest. They were asked to identify how subcultural identities p ... More

Keywords: Jewish regional culture, Ashkenaz, Sepharad, Jewish identity, subcultural identities, Jewish cultural development, western Europe, Balkans, North Africa, Asia Minor

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764678
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Javier Castaño, editor

Talya Fishman, editor

Ephraim Kanarfogel, editor

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Talya Fishman

Part I Identity Claims

Part II The Impact of Non-Jewish Cultures on Regional Traditions

Part III Geopolitical Boundaries and Their Impact on Jewish Regional Identities

Part IV Cultural Content as a Marker of Jewish Regional Identities

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