Whose Golden Age? Some Thoughts on Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval Iberia

  • Jonathan Ray Georgetown University

Abstract

The medieval period in Spanish history has alternately been cast as a Golden Age of interfaith harmony and an example of the ultimate incompatibility of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities.  In this essay, I suggest that a better way to understand interfaith relations in medieval Iberia is to think about these religious communities in less monolithic terms.   With regard to Jewish-Christian relations in particular, factors such as wealth, social standing, and intellectual interests were as important as religious identity in shaping the complex bonds between Christians and Jews. 

Published
2011-04-28
How to Cite
Ray, J. (2011). Whose Golden Age? Some Thoughts on Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval Iberia. Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.6017/scjr.v6i1.1585
Section
Conference Proceedings: Golden Age Conference