Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Jews and Muslims in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Islamic Spain - Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World by Ross Brann
The power of photography reveals a new and vital perspective of power relations in Muslim Spain in the eleventh and twelfth centuries as reflected in historical and literary texts of…
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The power of photography reveals a new and vital perspective of power relations in Muslim Spain in the eleventh and twelfth centuries as reflected in historical and literary texts of that period. Through the use of new historical literary methods in examining a set of texts, Ross Bran reveals the contradictory relations between the Jewish and Jewish Andalusian elites in an era of long periods of tolerance and respect, punctuated by explosions of tension and hostility.
The studied Arabic texts reveal a fragmentary view of the Jews in Andalusia in the eleventh century. It depicts seemingly paradoxical figures in its poles a clever, skilled and noble Jew deserving of sanctification and a stupid and brutal enemy of God and Islam.
For their part, the Hebrew and Jewish texts show a deep implication of portraying Muslims in any light at all. Proan conclusively demonstrates that these representations of Jews and Muslims - each concerned with issues of sovereignty and power - reflect the changing, volatile and contradictory relations between members of the elite in two ethnic and religious communities.
-Andalus. Pran's prose is enriched by its wonderful translations; original texts are also included.
This book is the first to study the construction of social meaning in Arabic, Andalusia, Arabic, Jewish, Hebrew and historical books. The new approach highlights nuances of respect, disinterest, disdain and hatred that are reflected in the relationship between Muslims and Jews in medieval Spain..
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