Medieval Sephardic History - Suggested Readings

The texts listed in green are books that I have in my personal collection.

General Histories

  • Cutler, A.H. and Cutler, H.E., The Jew as Ally of the Muslim, (Notre Dame, 1986).
  • Gerber, Jane S., The Jews of Spain - A History of the Sephardic Experience,
    (New York, 1992).
  • Mann, Vivian B., Glick, Thomas F. and Dodds, Jerrilynn D. (eds.), Convivienca - Jews, Muslims, and Christians
    in Medieval Spain, (NewYork, 1992).
  • Metzger, T. and Metzger, M., Jewish Life in the Middle Ages - Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts of the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries, (Fribourg, 1982).
  • Raphael, Chaim, The Sephardi Story - A Celebration of Jewish History, (London, 1991).
  • Sachar, Howard M., Farewell Espana - The World of the Sephardim Remembered, (New York, 1994).

The Jews of Spain prior to the Muslim Invasions

  • Katz, Solomon, The Jews in the Visigothic and Frankish Kingdoms of Spain and Gaul, (Cambridge, Mass., 1937).

The Jews of Muslim Spain

  • Ashtor, Eliyahu, The Jews of Moslem Spain, (Philadelphia, 1973), 2 vols.

The Jews of Christian Spain

  • Baer, Yitchak, The Jews of Christain Spain, (Philadelphia, 1961), 2 vols.
  • Burns, Robert I., Muslims Christians and Jews in the Crusader Kingdom of Valencia,
    (Cambridge, 1984).
  • Neuman, Abraham A., The Jews in Spain - Their Social, Political and Cultural Life During the Middle Ages, (New York, 1969), 2 vols.

Moses Maimonides

  • Heschel, Abraham J., Maimonides, (New York, 1982).
  • Maimonides, Moses, The Commandments (Sefer ha-Mitzvoth),
    (Translated by Charles B. Chavel), (London, 1967), 2vols.
  • Maimonides, Moses, The Guide of the Perplexed (Moreh Nevukhim), (Translated by Shlomo Pines), (Chicago, 1963).
  • Ormsby, Eric L. (ed.), Moses Maimonides and His Time, (Washington D.C., 1989).
  • Twersky, Isadore, A Maimonides Reader, (New York, 1972).
  • Zeitlin, Solomon, Maimonides, a Biography, (New York, 1955).

Samuel ibn Nagrela

  • Weinberger, Leon, Jewish Prince in Moslem Spain: Selected Poems of Samuel ibn Nagrela, (University, Ala., 1973).


  • Carmi, T. (ed.), Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, (New York, 1981).
  • Goitein, S.D., Letters of Medieval Jewish Traders, (Princeton, 1973).
  • Goldstein, David, The Jewish Poets of Spain, 900-1250, (London, 1965).
  • Patai, Raphael, The Jewish Alchemists, (Princeton, 1994).
  • Scheindlin, Raymond P., The Gazelle : Medieval Hebrew Poems on God, Israel, and the Soul, (Philadelphia, 1999).
  • Scheindlin, Raymond P., Wine, Women and Death: Medieval Hebrew Poems on the Good Life, (Philadelphia, 1999).
  • Scholem, Gershom, Kabbalah, (New York, 1954).
  • Scholem, Gershom, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, (New York, 1954).
  • Sirat, Colette, A History of Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages, (Cambridge, 1985).