The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 B.C.E.to 1900 C.E.

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Jewish Publication Society, Feb 1, 2003 - History - 354 pages
This is an indispensable resource about the role of Jewish women from post-biblical times to the twentieth century. Unique in its approach, it is structured so that each chapter, which is divided into three parts, covers a specific period and geographical area. The first section of the book contains an overview, explaining how historical events affected Jews in general and Jewish women in particular. This is followed by a section of biographical entries of women of the period whose lives are set in their economic, familial, and cultural backgrounds. The third and last part of each chapter, "The World of Jewish Women," is organized by topic and covers women's activities and interests and how Jewish laws concerning women developed and changed. This comprehensive work is an easy-to-use sourcebook, synopsizing rich and diverse resources. By examining history and analyzing the dynamics of Jewish law and custom, it illuminates the circumstances of Jewish women's lives and traces the changes that have occurred throughout the centuries. It casts a new and clear light on Jewish women as individuals and sets women firmly within the context of their own cultural and historical periods. The book contains illustrations, boxed text, extensive endnotes, and indices that list each woman by name. It is ideal for women's groups and study groups as well as students and scholars.
 

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Contents

Buried Treasures Archeological Evidence from the Ancient Near East
1
A Written Legacy Literary Evidence from the Ancient Near East to 600 CE
21
Jewish Women Under Islam The Near East North Africa and Spain to 1492
47
Further from Home Jewish Women in Christian Europe to 1492
73
A Separate Community Jewish Women in Italy until the 1800s
103
European Jewry Moves East The Early Modern Period 14921750
129
A Different Voice Jewish Women in the Lands of Islam 17501900
165
Opening Doors Jewish Women During and After Haskalah 17501900
199
Jewish Women in the New World From the First Settlement until 1900
237
Epilogue
273
Appendix
275
Notes
279
Bibliography
325
Index
347
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Cheryl Tallan received an M.A. in interdisciplinary studies from York University, Toronto, with a specialty in medieval Jewish widows. In addition to numerous articles, Tallan is the author of Medieval Jewish Women in History, Literature, Law and Art: A Bibliography. Sondra Henry is a historian, lawyer, and coauthor with Emily Taitz of six books for young adults. She writes for the literary magazine of Temple Israel in Great Neck, New York. Emily Taitz, Ph.D. is a co-author of the National Jewish Book Award Finalist The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 B.C.E. - 1900 C.E.

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