Early Modern Period

Ottoman Empire
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Ottoman Empire

  Overview Overview- Ottoman Empire Secondary sources Arbel, Benjamin. “Venice and the Jewish Merchants of Istanbul in the Sixteenth Century.” In The Mediterranean and the Jews- Banking, Finance, and International Trade, edited by Simon Schwarzfuchs Ariel Toaff. Ramat-Gan- Bar-Ilan University Press, 1989. Carpi, Daniel. “The Activity of The “Italian Congregation” Of Venice on Behalf of […]

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Italy
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Italy

  Overview Overview- Italy Secondary sources Foa, Anna. “Converts And “Conversos” In Sixteenth-Century Italy- Marranos in Rome.” In The Jews of Italy- Memory and Identity, edited by Bernard Dov and Barbara Gavin Cooperman. Bethesda- University Press of Maryland, 2000. Saperstein, Marc. “Martyrs, Merchants and Rabbis- Jewish Communal Conflict as Reflected in the Responsa on the […]

North Africa
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North Africa

  Overview Overview- North Africa Secondary sources Israel, Jonathan. “The Jews of Spanish Oran and Their Expulsion in 1669.” Mediterranean Historical Review 9, no. 2 (1994)- 235-255. Abstract- Discusses the Jewish population driven from Spanish Oran and Mers el-Kébir in North Africa by the territorial governor, the marqués de los Veléz, in 1669. Los Veléz […]

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Portugal
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Portugal

  Overview Overview- Portugal Secondary sources Beinart, Haim. “Order of the Expulsion from Spain- Antecedents, Causes, and Textual Analysis,” Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World (1997), 79-94. Carrete Parrondo, Carlos. “Nostalgia for the Past (and for the Future?) among Castilian Judeoconversos,” Mediterranean Historical Review 6 (1991), 25-43. David, Abraham. “The Spanish Expulsion and the […]

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Sephardic Diaspora-Regional Trends
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Sephardic Diaspora-Regional Trends

Early Modern Period Spanish Jews migrated from the Iberian Peninsula well before the expulsion of Spain’s Jews in 1492. But it was the massive migration at the time of the expulsion that created the foundations of the commercial, kinship, and cultural network we know as the “Sephardic diaspora.” This diaspora was maintained over many centuries, […]

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Jewish Population-Overview
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Jewish Population-Overview

Early Modern Period On the eve of our period, much of western Europe had already lost its Jews, following expulsions from England, France, the Low Countries, and certain German lands. The greatest and most notorious expulsion came when Spain’s Jews were expelled in 1492 – an event often used to mark the start of the […]

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Science, Philosophy, and Literature
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Science, Philosophy, and Literature

  Overview Overview- Science, Philosophy, and Literature Secondary sources Beecher, Donald. “Leone De’ Sommi and Jewish Theatre in Renaissance Mantua.” Renaissance and Reformation 17, no. 2 (1993)- 5-19. Ruderman, David B. “Contemporary Science and Jewish Law in the Eyes of Isaac Lampronti of Ferrara and Some of His Contemporaries.” In The Frank Talmage Memorial Volume, […]

Jews, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation
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Jews, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation

  Overview Overview- Jews, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation Primary sources Cum Nimis Absurdum (Bull establishing the Roman ghetto in 1555), translated by Kenneth Stow, in Stow, Catholic Thought and Papal Jewry Policy 1555-1593 (New York- JTS, 1977), 294-298. Secondary sources Ben-Sasson, Haim Hillel. “Jews and Christian Sectarians- Existential Similarity and Dialectical Tensions in Sixteenth-Century […]

Women, Gender, and Learning
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Women, Gender, and Learning

  Overview Overview- Women, Gender, and Learning Primary sources and presentations Jewish Heritage Online Magazine- Excerpts of Gluckel of Hameln memoirs The Letters of Bella Perlhefter, Elisheva Carlebach, Queens College, CUNY, New York, USA. Ordering Early Modern Marriage, Elisheva Baumgarten, Bar Ilan University, Israel. Jewish Marriage in Christian Eyes, Yaacov Deutsch, Hebrew University, Israel. Pinkas […]

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Shabbatai Zvi and Sabbateanism
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Shabbatai Zvi and Sabbateanism

Overview Overview- Shabbatai Zvi and Sabbateanism Secondary sources Barnai, Jacob. “Christian Messianism and the Portuguese Marranos- The Emergence of Sabbateanism in Smyrna.” Jewish History 7, no. 2 (1993)- 119-126. Goldish, Matt. “An Historical Irony- Solomon Aailion’s Court Tries the Case of a Repentant Sabbatean.” Studia Rosenthaliana 27, no. 1 (1993)- 5-12. Idel, Moshe. “”One from […]