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Jewish Law in Spain and the Halakhic Activity of its Scholars before 1300

Eliav Shochetman

in An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262626
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.003.0010
Jewish Law in Spain and the Halakhic Activity of its Scholars before 1300

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During the start of the 1300s, the Moslems who were able to occupy the Iberian peninsula during the eighth century C.E. held authority in the greater part of Spain. However, in the eleventh century, Christianity was gradually becoming widespread because the Moslem control of Spain was increasingly weakening. As such, Jewish history witnessed the advent of the Golden Age of Spain, since a significant part of the Jewish population resorted to migration to the Christian north. This chapter attempts to examine how Spanish authorities were able to make certain contributions to halakhic development while also discussing the condition and status of how Jewish Law was being implemented in certain parts of Spain. The chapter focuses mainly on how, throughout this development and conquest of Spain, the Jewish communities were still capable of practicing judicial autonomy.

Keywords: Moslems; Christianity; Spain; Golden Age; Jewish communities; judicial autonomy

Chapter.  11830 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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