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Perspectives on Society and Culture

This series explores societal issues in the history of the Near and Middle East, from antiquity to the medieval period. Volumes will include monographs and collections of peer-reviewed essays on aspects of community, family life, legal traditions, and economic affairs. Gorgias particularly welcomes proposals investigating aspects of daily life and sectors of society less visible than others in the historical record.

 

Series Editor:

Amir Ashur

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The Epistle of the Number by Ibn al-Aḥdab

The transmission of Arabic mathematics to Hebrew circles in medieval Sicily
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0417-4
The first edition of The Epistle of the Number, composed in Syracuse, Sicily, at the end of the 14th century. It is the first known Hebrew treatise to include extensive algebraic theories and procedures, exposing novel mathematical vocabulary, and enhancing our understanding of the linguistic mechanisms which helped create scientific vocabulary in medieval Hebrew.
$57.00

Iraq After The Muslim Conquest

ISBN: 978-1-59333-315-7
Morony compares conditions in late Sasanian and early Islamic Iraq in the seventh century AD and depicts both the emergence of a local form of Islamic society, and the interaction of Muslim conquerors from Arabia with the native population.
$74.40

Conversos in the Responsa of Sephardic Halakhic Authorities in the 15th Century

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0239-2
This volume presents a systematic and detailed elaboration of the halakhic (legal) decisions written by five of the most important authors who wrote responsa concerning conversos between the years 1391 and 1492. The expulsion was an event that radically changed the perspectives of the Iberian conversos. The halakhic authorities were confronted with an absolutely new situation, in which they had to reformulate their position towards the conversos. This volume presents all the responsa written in connection with conversos by Isaac b. Sheshet Perfet, Simeon b. Ṣemaḥ Duran and his descendants: Solomon b. Simeon Duran, Ṣemaḥ b. Solomon Duran and Simeon b. Solomon Duran.
$57.00