In the Shadow of History: Jews and Conversos at the Dawn of Modernity

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SUNY Press, 1992 - History - 311 pages
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This book focuses on the Iberian Jews and conversos, Jews who converted to Christianity. It explores the idea of the "other" in both Jewish and Christian traditions, the differences between the perspectives of the "persecuted" and "persecutors," and the vision of modernity among some of the Iberian Jews of the period. Special attention is devoted to da Costa and Spinoza, offering a new perspective on the Jewish history of ideas.
 

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Contents

Jewish Spain on the Eve of the Expulsion
9
On Being a Faithful Christian
28
Typology of the Converso
41
Gongora
53
Francisco Sanchez and the Quest for a New Rationality
87
The Man behind the Mirror
110
Spinoza and the Secularization of Western Society
142
The End of Philosophy and the Rise of Historical
176
Notes
219
Bibliography
283
Subject Index
301
Name Index
307
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About the author (1992)

Jos Faur is Research Professor at the Sephardic Heritage Foundation in New York City. He is the author of La Espiritualidad Judia; 'Iyyunim wu-Mehgarim be-Mishne Tora le-Harambam, Vol. 1; Rabbi Moshe Yisrael Hazzan: The Man and His Times; and Golden Doves with Silver Dots: Semiotics and Textuality in Rabbinic Tradition.

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