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Epilogue: History in the Eyes of the Beholder

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The Jews were a minority group that was permitted to live among the majority society, whether a Christian or Muslim majority, under limiting, humiliating conditions. The historical chapter of the Jewish chronicle on the Iberian Peninsula, that is Sepharad in Hebrew sources, was presented in Jewish historiography, from the close of the nineteenth century, as a glorious chapter in the history of the Jewish people. This epoch was characterized by a number of phenomena: Sepharad was the setting for the exceptional historical encounter of the three great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in which the intensiveness of the political, social, and culture relationships was underscored. The historical uniqueness of Sepharad resides in the existence of Jewish, Christians, and Muslims side by side, during a long period of eight hundred years, in the course of which there was no single central government on the Iberian Peninsula.

Keywords: Hebrew sources; Jewish chronicle; monotheistic religions; Sepharad



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