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Titel: Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook
Autor/en: Stephen Schwartz
Autor/en: Stephen Schwartz
31. Juli 2005 - gebunden - 288 Seiten
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Tracing the movements of the Sephardic Jews to the Balkans - following their expulsion from Spain during the Inquisition - Schwartz draws on place names, historical chronicles, epitaphs, folk ballads, banned books, and the media. He explores the travails, and remarkable cultural achievements of these communities who, hundreds of years after the trauma of forced exile, were almost entirely destroyed in the Holocaust.
The richness of the literature, poetry, myth, and printing, and the intermingling of Orthodox, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim communities in the Balkans is explored - from Sabbatai Zvi, who declared himself the Messiah in the 17th century, and who, under pain of death chose conversion to Islam; the rare and wondrous scripts of Aramaic languages known almost from the beginning of human history; the evolution of the Jewish mercantile industry; to the 'Renaissance Jewish Traveller' Abraham Kohen Herrera, a convert under duress during the Inquisition who later discovered his Jewish heritage through mysticism, and who may have been the model for Shylock in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
This is not only an historical analysis, but also a personal journey. The author's poignant descriptions of attempted pilgrimages to Jewish cemeteries and synagogues throughout the Balkans are testament to his yearning for historical pride and proof of existence.
Stephen Schwartz is the author of the bestselling Two Faces of Islam, Kosovo: Background to a War and several books on Spanish, Albanian, and Californian history. He lives in Washington, D.C.
'A story so compelling it turns the pages on its own.' Michael Sells 'Contains extraordinary and fascinating stories of Bosnia's Jews. A fine achievement.' The Economist 'A tribute to a remarkable, courageous, creative community ... a creative gift worthy of its subject.' The New York Post 'A felt and lived narrative ... reveals the complex realities and ironies of living in volatile times ...' Balkan Academic News 'This book should be a part of every library, private or otherwise. Rabbis, priests, imams, professors and students of religion, conflict resolution, and Balkan studies should consider this book as essential reading.' Islamic Studies 'This brilliant and inspirational work ... speaks to our need to know the past ... an eloquent restatement of Ottoman Islamic civilization in all its glory.' Sephardic Heritage Update
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