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An Age of Perpetual Migration

An Age of Perpetual Migration

(p.57) 3 An Age of Perpetual Migration
After Expulsion
Jonathan Ray
NYU Press

This chapter looks at the decades of Jewish migration following the expulsion of 1492. The Jewish exodus from Spain gave way to a long and decidedly unsettled period of nearly continuous migration around the Mediterranean. Large-scale immigration had always been a part of Mediterranean Jewish life, as had the close, social, economic, and intellectual ties that came with it. Procedures had long been established for ransoming captives, as well as accepting new settlers with varying customs, languages, and ideals and finding ways to integrate them into new communities. However, the movement of masses of Jews forced them and those with whom they settled to confront matters of ethnic identity, communal association, and religious status as never before. As a result, the generations of Jews of Spanish heritage passed back and forth between Christian and Muslim lands, and often between Christianity and Judaism as well.

Keywords:   Jewish migration, Jewish exodus, large-scale immigration, Mediterranean Jewish life, Christianity, Judaism

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