David Nirenberg, of the University of Chicago, does micro studies of Jewish life in Spain based on legal documents. He offers a nuanced approach to the topic of interfaith relations in Spain. He points out that there is no simple calculus to say if a society was tolerant. His big insight is that Jewish –Muslim relations were mediated by Christians and both minorities modeled themselves on patterns of the host. He shows that many of the incidents were local events of urban fear of the other. Think of the movie “Do the Right Thing” or the Crown Heights incident between Jews and the Black community. A bit of Zygmunt Bauman on Judeophobia and urban tensions could probably really sharpen an already fine article.
Here is the fine article of his online that gives many of his conclusions from his book.
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