Description - A Mediterranean Society by S. D. Goitein
S.D. Goitein's five-volume work on Jewish communities in the medieval Mediterranean world offers a view of how people lived, travelled, worshipped, and conducted their economic and social affairs. Living under Muslim rule, the Jews became increasingly urbanized and played a significant part in an expanding world economy. As major actors in the flourishing intellectual life of the period, they forged much of what constitutes traditional Judaism today and served as a conduit of Islamic learning to the Christian West. Goitein's text is now abridged and reworked by Jacob Lassner in a single volume that attempts to capture the essential narratives and contexts of the original.
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(235mm x 156mm x 31mm)
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Author Biography - S. D. Goitein
S. D. Goitein, who was associated with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University at the time of his death in 1985, was honored with the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Society and the National Jewish Book Award for A Mediterranean Society. Teacher, administrator, and prolific writer, he was a preeminent scholar in the areas of Jewish-Arab relations and Islamic culture. Jacob Lassner, Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University, is a leading authority on the medieval Near East.