Wednesday 25 March
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Raphael Dascalu will explore the impact that the Spanish Expulsion of 1492 on the face of Jewish culture across the world.
The exiles brought their literary and intellectual traditions, and their liturgical practices, wherever they went – transforming the pre-existing Jewish communities around the Mediterranean in the process.
How were the Jewish cultures of the Islamic world transformed by the Expulsion? And how can a knowledge of those communities enrich our understanding of Jewish history and culture more broadly? We will explore these questions, and introduce the participants to an area of scholarship that is in an exciting stage of its development.
Raphael Dascalu is a researcher and translator currently living in Melbourne. He completed his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his PhD in History of Judaism at the University of Chicago. Raphael is an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University. His research is focused primarily on Jewish philosophy and biblical interpretation in the Islamic world.
Image: Abecassis Haggadah Haketia