Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

Post An Appeal for a New Convivencia
Created by John Eipper on 11/08/18 3:58 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:


An Appeal for a New Convivencia (John Heelan, UK, 11/08/18 3:58 am)

JE commented on Eugenio Battaglia's post of November 7th: "How can anyone say there wasn't an 'important Jewish tradition' in Europe? You should visit Aldona's city of Lublin someday, with its Yeshiva, its medieval downtown. Almost any city in Poland has a similar history."

Indeed! It's a history of "Man's inhumanity to Man" or Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil."

The continuing evidence of the medieval ghetto structure in many such towns across Europe demonstrates that Christians were still blaming Jews for the death of Christ. (Actually it was the Romans who condemned him to death, urged by the Sanhedrin!)

I have visited many old "juderías" during my work in al-Andalus, such as those in Córdoba, Seville's Barrio Santa Cruz (sic) where I lodged for a time, Segovia, and many others. Even those Jewish houses during the "Convivencia" of al-Andalus when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived relatively peacefully side by side (although Ronald Hilton disputed this!) did not have any windows overlooking the streets for some reason. In Sevilla, many of today's Christian churches were previously mosques or synagogues. In Córdoba, even the famous Mezquita has a similar history. The Mezquita has a Christian cathedral within it. I visited many ancient synagogues in the old quarter of Córdoba.

It is shameful that the three monotheist religions are unable to reach a new Convivencia, even though their individual Gods demand that they should do so. Until they do, they will continue to hold the world to ransom with and their religious leaders face Hades in the afterlife.

JE comments:  The biggest irony of the inability of the monotheists to get along:  they purportedly share the same single God.  If this god were different in each case, then the animosity would make sense.

But there is hope, such as the following.  Good for the Canadians:


Rate this post
Informational value 
Reader Ratings (0)
Informational value0%

Visits: 113


Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • Blaming Jews for Killing Christ: Reflections from Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA 11/09/18 3:28 AM)

    Ric Mauricio writes:

    John Heelan (November 8th) wrote, "The continuing evidence of the medieval ghetto structure in many such towns across Europe demonstrates that Christians were still blaming Jews for the death of Christ. (Actually it was the Romans who condemned him to death, urged by the Sanhedrin!)"

    I find this logic by Christians who blame the Jews for the death of Jesus quite twisted. Yes, it was the Sanhedrin, who were the Jewish elite, who called for the execution of Jesus because he was a threat to their power. Yes, they were Jewish, but to blame all Jewish people because of this is hardly logical. After all, Jesus himself was Jewish, as were his disciples and all his early followers. To blame the Romans, specifically Pontius Pilate for the execution of Jesus, one needs to understand that Pilate was caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, he couldn't find a legal reason to execute Jesus, but on the other hand, he had to keep the peace, especially amongst the power elite (the Sanhedrin). So he "washed his hands."

    JE comments:  I vividly recall an experience in Spain (Granada) in 1985:  an elderly widow--my host "mother"--asked a visiting Jewish friend why she (she, not "you people") killed the Lord.  Fortunately, my friend laughed the whole thing off, and responded that to her knowledge, she had not.

    Could the "Christ Killer" narrative be the foundational myth of all cultural othering?  Ric Mauricio omits one theological detail: suppose the Sanhedrin had ignored Christ and let him keep preaching.  What then of the entire death and resurrection?  If Christ had died a natural death, Christianity would have lost much of its "oomph."

    Please login/register to reply or comment:

Trending Now

All Forums with Published Content (41545 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications


Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy


Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series


Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust


Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire


Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US


Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)


Geography Maps Tourism Transportation


1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who