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The JPS Guide to Jewish Women
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This is an indispensable resource about the role of Jewish women from post-biblical times to the twentieth century. Unique in its approach, it is structured so that each chapter, which is divided into three parts, covers a specific period and geographical area. The first section of the book contains an overview, explaining how historical events affected Jews in general and Jewish women in particular. This is followed by a section of biographical entries of women of the period whose lives are set in their economic, familial, and cultural backgrounds. The third and last part of each chapter, "The World of Jewish Women," is organized by topic and covers women's activities and interests and how Jewish laws concerning women developed and changed. This comprehensive work is an easy-to-use sourcebook, synopsizing rich and diverse resources. By examining history and analyzing the dynamics of Jewish law and custom, it illuminates the circumstances of Jewish women's lives and traces the changes that have occurred throughout the centuries. It casts a new and clear light on Jewish women as individuals and sets women firmly within the context of their own cultural and historical periods. The book contains illustrations, boxed text, extensive endnotes, and indices that list each woman by name. It is ideal for women's groups and study groups as well as students and scholars.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Half-Title
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Donor
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Alphabetical Guide to Jewish Women in the Text
  2. pp. xv-xxviii
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  1. Chapter 1. Buried Treasures: Archeological Evidence from the Ancient Near East
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter 2: A Written Legacy: Literary Evidence from the Ancient Near East to 600 C.E.
  2. pp. 21-46
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  1. Chapter 3. Jewish Women Under Islam: The Near East, North Africa, and Spain to 1492
  2. pp. 47-71
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  1. Chapter 4. Further from Home: Jewish Women in Christian Europe to 1492
  2. pp. 73-102
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  1. Chapter 5. A Separate Community: Jewish Women in Italy until the 1800s
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. Chapter 6. European Jewry Moves East: The Early Modern Period (1492-1750)
  2. pp. 129-163
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  1. Chapter 7. A Different Voice: Jewish Women in the Lands of Islam (1750-1900)
  2. pp. 165-197
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  1. Chapter 8. Opening Doors: Jewish Women During and After Haskalah (1750-1900)
  2. pp. 199-235
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  1. Chapter 9. Jewish Women in the New World: From the First Settlement until 1900
  2. pp. 237-272
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 273-274
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 275-277
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 279-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-354
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