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A List of Recommended Books on the Sephardic Experience

I found an excellent list of books on the Sephardic experience. It was put together by David Shasha.

  1. E.H. Lindo, The Jews of Spain and Portugal (London, 1848, digital reprint)

http://www.amazon.com/Jews-Spain-Portugal-H-LINDO/dp/B009LTE840/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357614104&sr=1-2&keywords=e.h.+lindo

  1. Jesus Pelaez del Rosal, editor, The Jews in Cordoba (X-XII Centuries), (Ediciones El Almendro, 1985)

http://www.amazon.com/Cordoba-centuries-Studies-Hebrew-culture/dp/8486077486/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357614082&sr=1-5&keywords=the+jews+of+cordoba

  1. Mair Jose Benardete, Hispanic Culture and Character of the Sephardic Jews (Hispanic Institute in the United States, 1953, reprint, Sepher-Hermon Press, 1982)

http://www.amazon.com/Hispanic-Culture-Character-Sephardic-Jews/dp/0872031004/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357915771&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=meir+jose+benardete+hispanic+jewish+culture

  1. Jerilynn Dodds, Maria Rosa Menocal, and Abigail Krasner Balbale, The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture (Yale University Press, 2008)

http://www.amazon.com/Arts-Intimacy-Christians-Muslims-Castilian/dp/B005M4M6X8/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357679019&sr=1-4&keywords=maria+rosa+menocal

  1. Abraham Newman, The Jews in Spain: Their Social, Political, and Cultural Life During the Middle Ages (Jewish Publication Society, 1942, Two Volumes)

http://www.amazon.com/Jews-Spain-political-cultural-Abraham/dp/B0007F16W4/ref=sr_1_28?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357614046&sr=1-28&keywords=the+jews+of+spain

  1. Carlos Fuentes, The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World (Houghton Mifflin, 1992, reprint, Mariner Books, 1997)

http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Mirror-Reflections-Spain-World/dp/0395924995/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358031097&sr=1-1&keywords=the+buried+mirror+reflections+on+spain+and+the+new+world

 

  1. Samuel Usque, Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel [1553], translated by Martin Cohen (Jewish Publication Society, 1964)

http://www.amazon.com/Samuel-Consolation-Tribulations-Consolacam-Trulaceoens/dp/082760095X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357681407&sr=1-2&keywords=samuel+usque

  1. T.A. Perry, editor and translator, The Moral Proverbs of Santob de Carrion [1345]: Jewish Wisdom in Christian Spain (Princeton University Press, 1987)

 

http://www.amazon.com/Moral-Proverbs-Santob-Carrion-Christian/dp/069106721X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357682144&sr=1-1&keywords=santob+de+carrion

  1. Cecil Roth, A History of the Marranos (Jewish Publication Society, 1932, reprint, Sepher-Hermon Press, 1992)

http://www.amazon.com/History-Marranos-5th-Cecil-Roth/dp/0872031381/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613733&sr=1-1&keywords=cecil+roth

  1. Cecil Roth, A Life of Menasseh Ben Israel: Rabbi, Printer, and Diplomat (Jewish Publication Society, 1934)

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Menasseh-Ben-Israel-Diplomat/dp/B001W8O1KO/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613787&sr=1-14&keywords=cecil+roth

  1. Cecil Roth, Dona Gracia of the House of Nasi (Jewish Publication Society, 1948)

http://www.amazon.com/Dona-Gracia-House-Nasi-Cecil/dp/0827604114/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613733&sr=1-3&keywords=cecil+roth

  1. Cecil Roth, The Duke of Naxos of the House of Nasi (Jewish Publication Society, 1948)

http://www.amazon.com/Duke-Naxos-House-Nasi/dp/0827604122/ref=sr_1_28?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613814&sr=1-28&keywords=cecil+roth

  1. Alfonso Toro, The Carvajal Family: The Jews and the Inquisition in New Spain in the Sixteenth Century, translated and adapted by Frances Hernandez (Texas Western Press, 2002)

 

http://twp.utep.edu/carvajal.php

  1. Jose Faur, In the Shadow of History: Jews and Conversos at the Dawn of Modernity (State University of New York Press, 1992)


http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-History-Jews-Conversos-Modernity/dp/0791408027/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613585&sr=1-6&keywords=jose+faur

  1. Stephen Gilman, The Spain of Fernando de Rojas: The Intellectual Landscape of La Celestina (Princeton University Press, 1972)

http://www.amazon.com/Spain-Fernando-Rojas-Intellectual-Landscape/dp/0691062021/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358031019&sr=1-9&keywords=stephen+gilman

  1. Manuel da Costa Fontes, The Art of Subversion in Inquisitorial Spain: Rojas and Delicado (Purdue University Press, 2005)

http://www.amazon.com/Subversion-Inquisitional-Studies-Romance-Literatures/dp/1557533482/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357682288&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+art+of+subversion+in+inquisitorial+spain

  1. Miriam Bodian, Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam (Indiana University Press, 1997)

http://www.amazon.com/Hebrews-Portuguese-Nation-Conversos-Experience/dp/0253213517/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613688&sr=1-1&keywords=miriam+bodian

  1. Sanford Shepard, Lost Lexicon: Secret Meanings in the Vocabulary of Spanish Literature During the Inquisition (Ediciones Universal, 1982)

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Lexicon-Vocabulary-Literature-Inquisition/dp/0897293096/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358031058&sr=1-2&keywords=sanford+shepard

  1. Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto: Isaac Cardoso, A Study in Marranism and Jewish Apologetics (Columbia University Press, 1971, reprint, University of Washington Press, 1981)

http://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Court-Italian-Ghetto-Seventeenth-Century/dp/0295958243/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613638&sr=1-4&keywords=yosef+hayim+yerushalmi

  1. Marc Saperstein, Exile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi Morteira’s Sermons to a Congregation of “New Jews” (Hebrew Union College Press, 2005)

http://www.amazon.com/Exile-Amsterdam-Morteiras-Congregation-Monographs/dp/0878204571/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613663&sr=1-5&keywords=marc+saperstein

  1. Marc Saperstein, Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Culture (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization/Oxford University Press, 2014)

 

http://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Conflict-Tensions-Medieval-Civilization/dp/1906764492/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438312552&sr=1-1&keywords=marc+saperstein

 

  1. Yosef Kaplan, From Christianity to Judaism: The Story of Isaac Orobio de Castro (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization/Oxford University Press, 1989)

http://www.amazon.com/Christianity-Judaism-Story-Orobio-Castro/dp/1904113141/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357613709&sr=1-4&keywords=yosef+kaplan

  1. Arthur Kiron, Golden Ages, Promised Lands: The Victorian Rabbinic Humanism of Sabato Morais (Doctoral Dissertation, Columbia University, 1999)

https://order.proquest.com/OA_HTML/pqdtibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?item=9930740&sitex=10020:22372:US&track=DxWeb&dlnow=1&rpath=http%3A//dissexpress.umi.com/dxweb%3F%26query%3DAU%2528arthur%2520kiron%2529%26page%3D1

  1. Abigail Green, Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero (Harvard University Press, 2010)

 

http://www.amazon.com/Moses-Montefiore-Jewish-Liberator-Imperial/dp/0674064194/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357698239&sr=1-1&keywords=moses+montefiore

  1. Dianne Ashton, Rebecca Gratz: Women and Judaism in Antebellum America (Wayne State University Press, 1997)

http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Gratz-Antebellum-American-Civilization/dp/0814326668/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357705227&sr=1-4&keywords=dianne+ashton

  1. David de Sola Pool, Portraits Etched in Stone: Early American Jewish Settlers 1682-1831 (Columbia University Press, 1952)

http://www.amazon.com/Portraits-etched-stone-settlers-1682-1831/dp/B0007F6E1C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357614232&sr=1-1&keywords=portraits+etched+in+stone

  1. David and Tamar de Sola Pool, An Old Faith in a New World: Portrait of Shearith Israel 1654-1954 (Columbia University Press, 1955)

http://www.amazon.com/Pool-Old-Faith-World-Cloth/dp/0231020074/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357614203&sr=1-9&keywords=david+de+sola+pool

  1. Leon Sciaky, Farewell to Salonica: City at the Crossroads (Current Books, 1946, reprint, Paul Dry Books, 2003)

http://www.amazon.com/Farewell-Salonica-City-at-Crossroads/dp/1589880021/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357850136&sr=1-1&keywords=leon+sciaky

  1. Mark Mazower, Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, and Jews 1430-1950 (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)

http://www.amazon.com/Salonica-City-Ghosts-Christians-1430-1950/dp/0375727388/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1357850347&sr=1-1

  1. Stephen Schwartz, Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook (Al Saqi Books, 2005)

http://www.amazon.com/Sarajevo-Rose-Balkan-Jewish-Notebook/dp/0863565921/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357683095&sr=1-1&keywords=sarajevo+rose+schwartz

  1. Victor Perera, The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)

http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Pear-Tree-Sephardic-Journey/dp/0520206525/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357763919&sr=1-1&keywords=victor+perera

Mr. Shasha was kind enough to note that many of his writings may be considered controversial. I appreciate his openness and will let the reader decide.  A shortened curriculum vitae for Mr. Sasha may be found below:

David Shasha is the founder and director of the Center for Sephardic Heritage in Brooklyn, New York designed to raise awareness of the history and culture of Arab Jews.  He publishes the Sephardic Heritage Update, a weekly e-mail newsletter available on Google Groups.  He has written for publications such as the Huffington Post, Tikkun magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Progressive Christian, and The American Muslim.  You can contact him at david.shasha.shu@gmail.com

 To access his work on-line or to subscribe to the Sephardic Heritage newsletter, go to:

 http://groups.google.com/group/Davidshasha

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-shasha/


Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism

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