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An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law$
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N. S. Hecht, B. S. Jackson, S. M. Passamaneck, Daniela Piattelli, and Alfredo Rabello

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.001.0001

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

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

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(p.270) (p.271) 10. Jewish Law in Spain and the Halakhic Activity of its Scholars before 1300
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An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law
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Eliav Shochetman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.003.0010

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

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