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Jan 12, Kara rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 21, Anatolikon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did like the amount of information present, because he did find some very interesting situations and unique people that I believe comminities have been difficult to find. The entire introduction is concerned with historiography and there are mentions of teleology and structuralism throughout the entire book.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? David Nirenberg, in contrast, gives us a glimpse of the complicated nature of interfaith relations in Medieval Spain. Marc Saperstein; David Nirenberg.

Communities of Violence

Interesting read at least. A very interesting take on violence against Muslims and Jews in 14th-century Spain. Dec 13, Nirrenberg rated it it was amazing Recommended to Rina by: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

In fact it was a relatively safe way to attack the king’s policies. While this isn’t particularly indicative of inter-religious communites, it’s also not something that inherently leads to comprehensive or institutional persecution.

Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages David Nirenberg argues that one should not view cmmunities against religious minorities as being primarily driven by religious bigotry.


Studies in Cultural Poetics. Some historians, while praising the oeuvre, have not been fully satisfied with the part devoted to contemporary history, for instance Maurice Kriegel.

Dec 14, Shonda Wilson rated it liked it. The title makes the book appear to be about the entirety of the Middle Ages when the book is mostly just about a couple of years in two specific locales. Yet I think that “margin” and “center” may hold true in the lives of individual The author argues that persecution of religious minorities in Christian and Islamic Europe during the medieval period was often politically or economically motivated rather than religiously motivated.

You do not currently have access to this article. American Vommunities Association members Sign in via society site. In his second section, Nirenberg shows how ‘controlled’ violence – such as accusations of inter-religious sex or ritualized attacks on the Jewish Quarters of town during Holy Week – often served to promote stability and coexistence between faiths by establishing clear parameters of behavior than to promote underlying thoughts of mass persecution or universal violence.

When I started this book, I was a little worried at the abstract, og of the introduction, but fortunately was proven quite wrong. The Holy Week attacks, for example, were long used by historians as examples of an escalation of anti-Jewish sentiment that set the precedent for a long road of escalating persecutions.

Somewhat Christ like, the king was believed to possess special thaumaturgic powers of healing. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? He shows that in essence, human nurenberg have not changed as much as we might like to think, and he uses the Middle Ages in this book to communitkes this.


Religious intolerance certainly played a role, often a large one. One criticism I have of the book is how the title is misleading. Complex and thought provoking.

Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages

History of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim relations; history of Spain and the Mediterranean; history of ideas. Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages.

Fascinating study of medieval Iberian Society. Both examples characterise differing responses to what Nireneberg describes as cataclysmic violence Nirenberg’s analysis explores more nirenberf Christian-Jewish relations alone.

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The book ends with consideration of violence in the wake of the Black Death. Rather than construct a universal theory of ethnic violence, Nirenberg emphasizes local context.

It would seem like the subject matter would communitties for some awesome parts with violence and gore, but it’s done clinically except in the odd incidence where it seems like Nirenberg wanted to throw in a shock. He attempts to understand the language of popular violence, concentrating on 14th century Oregon and on violence against several groups ranging from Muslims and Jews as well as these crossing the lines these engaged in inter-communal sex as well as these converting to Islam or Judaism communiyies to lepers.

However, Christians had different opinions on the Jews. Interestingly, here the author finds more continuity than change.