Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes

Al-Andalus from the Tenth to Twelfth Century

By Esperanza Alfonso

© 2008 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes analyzes the attitude towards Muslims, Islam, and Islamic culture as presented in sources written by Jewish authors in the Iberian Peninsula between the tenth and the twelfth centuries. By bringing the Jewish attitude towards the "other" into sharper focus, this book sets out to explore a largely overlooked and neglected question – the shifting ways in which Jewish authors constructed communal identity of Muslims and Islamic culture, and how these views changed overtime.

The book’s methodological sophistication and wide range of sources make it a valuable resource for scholars and researchers of comparative literature and cultural studies.


'A brief, but dense and exciting book…' -Cyrille Aillet, Al-Qantara Revista de Estudios Arabes, December 2008

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Attitudes toward Language: Hebrew vis-à-vis Arabic 2. Transmitting and Producing Knowledge: Jewish and Muslim Intellectuals 3. Living in the Present: The Concept of Exile and Domicile 4. Waiting for the Messiah: Self and Other in the Journey toward the End of Time. Afterword. Glossary

About the Author

Esperanza Alfonso, Ph D. (1998) in Hebrew Studies, Universidad Complutense, is currently a Research Fellow at the Universidad Complutense, Spain.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

Routledge Curzon Studies in Middle-Eastern Literatures is a monograph series devoted to aspects of the literatures of the Near and Middle East and North Africa both modern and pre-modern. It is hoped that the provision of such a forum will lead to a greater emphasis on the comparative study of the literatures of this area, although studies devoted to one literary or linguistic region are warmly encouraged. It is the editors' objective to foster the comparative and multi-disciplinary investigation of the written and oral literary products of this area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Islam / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies