Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Story of the Jews - Episode 2 - Among Believers

This epic five-part series presented by historian Simon Schama explores the story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day.

Simon Schama's epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity--and sometimes their lives--under the rule of Christianity and Islam.

Whether labelled 'Christ-killers' by the Christians or 'dhimmi' (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence.

Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the tragic story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.

See other parts of this series:
The Story of the Jews - Episode 1 - In the Beginning
The Story of the Jews - Episode 3 - A Leap of Faith
The Story of the Jews - Episode 4 - Over the Rainbow
The Story of the Jews - Episode 5 - Return

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