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Robert Chazan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218572

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218572.001.0001

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The Islamic World

The Islamic World

(p.142) Seven The Islamic World
Refugees or Migrants

Robert Chazan

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how Jewish life flourished in the Islamic world. The Jews living in the Islamic world were age-old inhabitants, whose presence much antedated the emergence of Islam; these Jews maintained their diversified economic outlets and their well-established social relations with non-Jewish neighbors; they continued to organize themselves effectively as a self-governing minority community; they pursued traditional Jewish intellectual activities and—stimulated by their creative environment—branched out in new spiritual and intellectual directions as well. In a world very much in motion, Jews traveled extensively, sometimes for trade and sometimes in search of knowledge, religious, scientific, or philosophic. In addition, Jews regularly relocated into areas that seemed to promise improved life circumstances.

Keywords:   Islam, Jews, Jewish life, Islamic world, social relations, trade, relocation

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