#32 The Geonic Period: Jewish History of the 6th to 10th Centuries (part 2)

Jewish life of the 8th and 9th centuries is the focus of this podcast episode. In examining this period, David Solomon explores the impact of the battle for control of Spain on Jewish life; the emergence of profoundly influential Jewish legal codifications and spiritual resources; the reputed mass conversion of the kingdom of the Khazars; the beginnings of the Karaite movement; and the tussle for primacy between the rabbis of Palestine and Babylonia. David also discusses a number of extraordinary thinkers, explorers, and merchants.

13th century illustration depicting a public library in Baghdad, from the Maqamat Hariri. Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Public Domain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maps have been provided to help listeners develop a clearer picture of the territories David discusses.

Map of world around 800 CE. Public Domain.
Map of the Khazar Empire. Public Domain.

 

Maps can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8th_century#/media/File:East-Hem_700ad.jpg and https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Western_Turkic_Khaganate_Organa_Map.png

Learn more at davidsolomon.online

          

This lecture series was recorded in 2019 at Chabad Glen Eira. Notes for the lecture will be available to Patreon subscribers when all three lectures have been released.