New PDF release: A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in

By Mercedes García-Arenal

ISBN-10: 0801872251

ISBN-13: 9780801872259

ISBN-10: 0801886236

ISBN-13: 9780801886232

Within the overdue 15th century, a number of the Jews expelled from Spain made their technique to Morocco and demonstrated a dynamic neighborhood in Fez. a couple of Jewish households turned trendy in trade and public lifestyles there. one of the Jews of Fez of Hispanic starting place was once Samuel Pallache, who served the Moroccan sultan as a advertisement and diplomatic agent in Holland until eventually Pallache's loss of life in 1616. prior to that, he had attempted to come along with his kin to Spain, and to this finish he attempted to transform to Catholicism and labored as an informer, middleman, and secret agent in Moroccan affairs for the Spanish courtroom. Later he turned a privateer opposed to Spanish ships and used to be attempted in London therefore. His spiritual id proved to be as mutable as his political allegiances: while in Amsterdam, he used to be devoutly Jewish; whilst in Spain, a faithful converso (a baptized Jew).In a guy of 3 Worlds, Mercedes García-Arenal and Gerard Wiegers view Samuel Pallache's global as a microcosm of early glossy society, one way more interconnected, cosmopolitan, and fluid than is frequently portrayed. Pallache's missions and misadventures took him from Islamic Fez and Catholic Spain to Protestant England and Holland. via those travels, the authors discover the workings of the Moroccan sultanate and the Spanish courtroom, the Jewish groups of Fez and Amsterdam, and info of the Atlantic-Mediterranean exchange. straight away a sweeping view of 2 continents, 3 faiths, and 5 geographical regions and an intimate tale of 1 man's amazing lifestyles, a guy of 3 Worlds is historical past at its such a lot compelling.

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Under the terms of the pact, Jewish communities were granted a certain degree of independence, though always within a general framework of submission and subjection. The dhimma statute resembled laws that had governed Jewish and Mudejar rights in the Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula during the medieval period. As we shall see, the term dhimmi is consistently used in Moroccan Arabic records to describe Samuel and Joseph Pallache. There was also another factor underlying the decision of so many Jews to migrate to North Africa rather than to a European country that might have tolerated them.

The New Jews of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Amsterdam had suffered painful and traumatic experiences in the Iberian Peninsula, which later led them to deny or suppress their collective memory of a “marrano” past. 5 The topic of past conversions was strictly taboo among the Jewish community and could not even be mentioned as a way of exalting Inquisition victims in one’s own family. 6 The reason for this silence is clear—these authors had great difficulty in accepting the Christian conversions of ancestors who had been born, and might have been brought up as, Jews.

One of the sultan’s first steps was to make Marrakech the new capital of his kingdom, to the detriment of Fez, and this signaled the beginning of a period of decline for the older city. Al-Mansur poured huge sums of money into the development of his new capital, and his reign (1578–1603) came to be known as one of the most brilliant periods of the Sa‘adian dynasty, but little of this new wealth found its way to Fez. 21 Al-Mansur’s aim was to create a new political and economic center for Morocco that would be lavishly furnished with all the visible trappings of regal power.

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