Meet the Scholar: “The Fragrant Garden: Exploring Jewish Life in Medieval Spain”

Prof. Arnold Franklin

Prof. Arnold Franklin

The Fragrant Garden: Exploring Jewish Life in Medieval Spain
A “Meet the Scholar” Event with Professor Arnold Franklin
Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 N. Fourth Street
Sunday, January 22 • 10:00 AM

Professor Franklin will trace the history of the “Golden Age” of Spain’s Jewish community during the medieval period. Philadelphia native and a graduate of the former Akiba Hebrew Academy, Arnold Franklin grew up at Mikveh Israel, the historic Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Center City. He went on to earn a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Princeton – he is now an Associate Professor in the History Department at Queens College, CUNY, as well as the director of its Center for Jewish Studies. His research focuses on medieval Jewish history, with a particular focus on the Arabic-speaking world. Franklin is the author of This Noble House: Jewish Descendants of King David in the Medieval Islamic East (UPenn, 2013) and co-editor of and contributor to Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times (Brill, 2015).

This “Meet the Scholar” event is presented by Jewish Explorations, which offers study tours around the globe led by outstanding Judaic Studies scholars. Arnold Franklin will be leading a study tour this spring entitled Jewish Life in Spain: The Cultural Context being sponsored by Congregation Mikveh Israel and the Gershman Y. This event is being hosted by Rabbi Albert Gabbai. Moshe Margolin, the Director of Jewish Explorations, will give a brief introduction to the study tour after the main presentation.

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