JRC Feb 20 - I. Characteristics of the Medieval Period a....

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I. Characteristics of the Medieval Period a. Rise Of Islam- 7 th i. Mohammed- end of Rabinnic period ii. Jews living under diff. empires 1. Byzantine Empire- Christian a. Life oppressed b. Limited economic opportunities c. Limited public life d. e. Why? i. Oppression supported by theological point in Christianity ii. Christians frustrated that Jews still existed iii. St. Augustine- mid 4 th century 1. 1 st mainstream Christian theologian to express view that continued existence of Jews is fine 2. Poverty of Jews is proof of their mistake of staying Jewish 3. View formally accepted 6 th century 4. Limiting them enforced poverty of Jews 2. Persian Empire- Iraq and Persia a. Life much better b. Mohammed’s followers took over c. Spread religion and politics d. Expanded all the way from Spain to Indus River in the East e. Good for Jews i. Islamic theology- in opposition to paganism ii. Recognized Judaism and Christianity as monotheistic 1. So they tolerated them 2. Included Mohammed in a long line of prophet including Jewish prophets 3. Dhimmi- people of the book a. Monotheistic
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHL 285 taught by Professor Sufrin during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.

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