CRCS&ICRS Wednesday Forum: “Penolakan Kaum Yahudi terhadap Konversi di Spanyol Abad XIV”

Topik diskusi pada Wednesday Forum minggu ini adalah “Penolakan Kaum Yahudi terhadap Konversi di Spanyol Abad XIV”, yang akan diartikulasikan oleh Kristine T. Utterback, Ph. D., pembicara minggu ini. Kami mengundang Anda untuk bergabung dalam forum ini. Beberapa informasi mengenai forum ini dapat dibaca sebagai berikut ini.

Hari/tanggal: Rabu, 20 Mei 2009
Waktu: 12.30 14.30 WIB (makan siang gratis)
Tempat: Ruang 306, UGM Sekolah Pascasarjana Jln. Teknika Utara Pogung
Pembicara: Kristine T. Utterback, Ph. D

Abstrak:

Jews, Christians and Muslims co-existed more orless amicably on the Iberian Peninsula, in what is now Spain, fromabout the eighth to the thirteenth century, a situation often called convivencia (living together). By the middle of the thirteenth century,however, convivencia was breakingdown, and Jews came under increasing pressure to convert to Christianity: in1391 a pogrom throughout Spain fatally weakened the Jewish communities there;in 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, whose marriage united the twolargest kingdoms of the peninsula into Spain, required Jews to convert toChristianity or leave the newly unified country.

The eventual destructionof Judaism in Spainmay give the impression of the inevitability of Jewish disappearance from theregion, but it was anything but inevitable. Jews did not sit idly by and wait for the dissolution of theircommunities through conversion. They nodoubt assumed that this was simply another threat to Jewish survival, and theyemployed resistance tactics that had worked before. This essay examines some of the tactics thatJews in the Kingdom of Aragon, now northern Spain, used to resist conversion toChristianity. These tactics includedvarious sorts of polemical writings, appeal to support from the king andattempts to rejudaize converts, thatis, bring them back to Judaism. The Jewseventually failed, but between the mid-thirteenth and mid-fourteenth centuriesthey had no reason to expect failure, and their tactics indicate a communityconcerned but far from defeated.

Sekilas tentang Pembicara:

KRISTINET. UTTERBACK, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, University of Wyoming Visiting Fulbright Scholar, General EducationCentre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,Hong Kong.

Registrasi:

Forum ini tidak memungut biaya apapun dan terbuka untuk umum.

Contact person:

Elis Z. Anis (ICRS): elis236.andri@yahoo.com,elis@ugm.ac.id; Lina Pary (CRCS): lina_pary@yahoo.com; Mustaghfiroh Rahayu (CRCS): mth.rahayu@gmail.com.

(JMI)

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