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Gender, memory and Jewish identity: reading a family history from medieval southern Italy

Skinner, Patricia (2005) Gender, memory and Jewish identity: reading a family history from medieval southern Italy Early Medieval Europe, 13, (3), pp. 277-296. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0254.2005.00159.x).

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This article combines recent work on memory in the early and central Middle Ages to read the Scroll of Ahimaaz, a well-known eleventh-century Jewish text from southern Italy. It suggests that previous readings of the text have been shaped by the dominant tradition of intellectual history within Jewish studies, and that Ahimaaz's work has been overlooked for the information it contains about gender and family history. It concludes that whilst the primarily Jewish identity of Ahimaaz and his family is reinforced by the text, they were at the same time as much a product of the southern Italian environment in which they lived.

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Published date: 2005


Local EPrints ID: 35449
ISSN: 0963-9462
PURE UUID: 24dbc388-beeb-4629-b73a-1caf46d001ca

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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:47

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Author: Patricia Skinner

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