Jewish Studies

Elisheva Baumgarten

Space and Place in Medieval Ashkenaz: An Everyday Perspective

Section: Articles
Jewish Studies Quarterly (JSQ)

Volume 28 () / Issue 3, pp. 245-258 (14)
Published 27.09.2021

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This article provides the theoretical and contextual background for Jewish Studies Quarterly 21 nos. 3 and 4 (2021). It situates the Jews of medieval Ashkenaz within their homes and discusses their attachment to and identification with the places where they lived. It surveys approaches to space as used by scholars seeking to understand medieval life and outlines the relevance of these theories to the study of everyday life. Situating the Jews within this area of studies, the article focuses on the tensions and affiliations Jews had within the surrounding Christian space and challenges some of the previous approaches towards these issues. Against this backdrop, the goals of the articles are explained and surveyed, moving from the home to the general environs of medieval towns and cities.

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