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This hefty, double-columned tome offers comprehensive treatment of a key period in Jewish history. The more than 100 entries were contributed by a worldwide selection of noted scholars and edited by Roth (Conversos, Inquisition, and the Expulsion of Jews from Spain). Most of the entries run more than a few pages, and those on critical topics (such as the "Church and the Jews" or "Islam and Jews") are longer. Noted figures such as Moses Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher and codifier, are placed in the context of their times. Many locations (such as Germany) are also treated in depth, and coverage is given to more current topics not found in older encyclopedias, such as the role of women and the place of marriage in society. Each entry has cross references in capital letters and a current bibliography that includes works in English and other languages. Although scholars will appreciate this work, informed lay readers and college students will find it especially helpful, as the articles are clear, easy to read, and well summarized. The articles also update the traditional first source for information on Judaism, The Encyclopaedia Judaica. Highly recommended for libraries with larger history or Judaic collections.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Roth's encyclopedia is the seventh volume to detail aspects of a geographical area or theme in this growing series. Arranged alphabetically, the entries offer a sensible arrangement and a broad scope. One of the book's greatest assets is its thematic list of entries, which classes entries in context. This list includes such valuable headings as "Christian-Jewish Relations," "Commerce and Economy," "Muslim-Jewish Relations," and "Daily Life." The glossary and index at the end are also useful. The entries illuminate Jewish civilization in the Middle Ages, though the numerous references to previous resources is a bit cumbersome. Entries conclude with solid bibliographies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. University libraries. J. B. MacDonald Illinois State University