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The position of the Jews close to the court was widely regarded among them as a boon from God. The Jewish courtier was sent by divine Providence to be the de­ fender of his people in time of need, and he was, moreover, permitted to pursue secular learning. Thus, in the very period when the Babylonian Talmud attained full authority, restric­ tions were relaxed in matters which had been strictly forbid­ den by the early pietists. Some modern scholars have come to accept such phenomena, which then appeared on the Jewish scene, as characteristic, whereas actually they were still in direct conflict with the pure ideals adhered to by the people and their spiritual leaders.

He was soon called to the service of Habbus, the king of Granada. The account of Samuel’s rise as given by Abraham ibn Daud, the Spanish-Jewish historian of the twelfth century, is well known. , 32 INTRODUCTION This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index Berbers) in Granada. The vizir’s maid would request of him that he write letters for her to her master the vizir. . ” His skill in letter writing was reponsible for his rise to high office and for his becoming one of the king’s foremost ministers.

Com << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index was not a “Golden Age” at all. The poetry of Solomon ibn Gabirol and his contemporaries is full of plaints and laments over the people’s state of subjugation and exile. Absolutism and tyranny mark the political practices of that age. The cultural activity fostered by the courtiers was allowed to flourish only through the neglect and the religious and moral laxity of the rulers, and not as a result of the definite policy of tolerance and individual freedom. In the south and in the north, both in Islam and in Christianity, nationalist and reli­ gious movements, primitive in character, were forming, which were due to make an end of the existing laxity.

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