Judaism Paper - Survival of Judaism in the Middle Ages...

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Survival of Judaism in the Middle Ages During the Medieval Ages, a period of time where people lived their lives as determined by God, followers of Judaism faced horrific acts of violence and hatred due to their theology. Although they suffered as a minority religion in a Christian and Muslim dominant world, the Jewish community used this as a means to become more nationalistic, allowing Jewish culture and tradition the ability to survive the oppressed times, and to flourish in them as well - mainly in the forms of philosophy and mysticism. Beginning in the 9 th century, Jews living in the Muslim world had to deal with the classification of the Jews by the Muslims as dhimmis. As a result of this label, Jews were treated as second class citizens and did not have many rights. They were denied citizenship, had to pay extra taxes, were not allowed to dress like Muslims or travel with them, and were not allowed to bear arms or own slaves. A Muslim could not convert to Judaism, in which doing so was punishable by death. In the mid 10
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course HIST 120 taught by Professor Alschutzer during the Spring '08 term at Chapman University .

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