Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures
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edited by Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt
This book tells the generally unknown story of intellectual transmission, cultural exchange and cooperation, social interaction and religious toleration between Jews and non-Jews in the Muslim as well as Christian worlds during the late Middle Ages. The story comprises ten narratives, each of which brings to light a different aspect of Jewish life in a non-Jewish medieval society. The book is beautifully illustrated with images from the Hebrew holdings at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, containing one of the world's oldest and largest collections of Hebrew manuscripts. They range from Christian codex fragments as early as the third century to a copy of Moses Maimonides' Mishneh Torah signed by Maimonides himself.