From the Rise of the Sun in the East...To Where It Sets in the West: Jewish Migration in the Medieval Period
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Engelska parken House 22: 1017
- Lecturer: Professor Phil Liberman-Ackerman
- Organiser: Forum för judiska studier, Paideia och Teologiska fakulteten
- Contact person: Lars M Andersson
Scholars believe that at the time of the rise of Islam in the 7th century, the vast majority of the world's Jewish population lived in Iraq (Babylonia), and that with Islamic conquest of North Africa and the opportunities that conquest provided for long-distance trade, a flood of Jews moved to the Islamic countries of the southern Mediterranean.
In this talk, professor Liberman-Ackerman will revisit this idea and offer an alternative explanation to this key puzzle in Jewish demographic history.
Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and History, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A social, economic, and legal historian of Jewish life in the medieval period in the lands of Islam, his 2014 book The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt (Stanford University Press) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. His current research examines and challenges the received wisdom regarding Jewish urbanization under early Islamic regimes and subsequent migration of Jews from Iraq to the Islamic Mediterranean.