A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyllis Goldstein

By Phyllis Goldstein

A handy Hatred chronicles a really specific hatred via strong tales that let readers to determine themselves within the tarnished replicate of heritage. It increases vital questions on the implications of our assumptions and ideology and the methods we, as contributors and as individuals of a society, make differences among "us" and "them," correct and improper, reliable and evil. those questions are either common and specific.

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Islamic rule in Iberia diluted the effect of the previous division of the peninsula under the barbarians into two communities: the Visigoths, and the Suebi, who were established in the northwest. The Basques had been the only exception to this division; they were never integrated into the Visigothic kingdom and maintained a fierce resistance to all forms of foreign domination for several centuries. It was close to their traditional territory in northeast Iberia that the intervention of the Franks had a particular impact in the second half of the eighth century.

The swift Muslim conquest of Iberia, with the exception of the northern territories, in less than ten years can be contrasted with the sixty-plus years it took the Muslims to conquer Sicily—­a process prolonged by strong Byzantine resistance. As a consequence, Islam became much more deeply rooted in Iberia, although the number of Christian communities was also significant, and the number of Jewish communities greater than in Sicily. Intercommunity relations in Iberia were thus based on the three religions of the book: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

3 There is no evidence of systematic discrimination against distinct ethnic people, though; on the contrary, Roman attribution of citizenship was relatively generous. The problem is to understand how this set of unstable and shifting prejudices against other peoples, built partly as a response to the needs of the Greek and Roman civilizations in their processes of expansion, was affected by the process of Christianization as well as the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire in western Europe.

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