Shevirat Ha-Kelim: Jewish Mysticism and the Catalan Matrix for Dialogue and Conflic

Mario Macías López, Pompeu Casanovas Romeu, John Zeleznikow

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Late Medieval anti-Jewish violence is a well-known phenomenon, but its origins and especially its in-stitutionalization are still blurred and enigmatic. In 13thand 14thc.Catalonia, the denouement of the increasing popular hostility against the Jewry was particularly dramatic. The seeds of violence were the result of a long and complex process of social, theological,and political interactions. In this con-tribution, we will discuss the intellectual matrix of medieval anti-Semitism in Catalonia and its rela-tionship with the rising of scholastics and with the theoretical foundations of Catalan politics. Wewill also approach its counterpart: the Jewish response to collective suffering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-96
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of catalan intellectual history (Print)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Anti-Jewish violence
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Medieval Catalonia
  • Scholastics


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