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Nirenberg, David 1964-

Works: 47 works in 225 publications in 6 languages and 5,794 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, win
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Most widely held works by David Nirenberg
Communities of violence : persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages by David Nirenberg( Book )

52 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance, or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. In this provocative book, he focuses on specific attacks against minorities in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon (Aragon, Catalonia, and Valencia). He argues that these attacks - ranging from massacres to verbal assaults against Jews, Muslims, lepers, and prostitutes - were often perpetrated not by irrational masses laboring under inherited ideologies and prejudices, but by groups that manipulated and reshaped the available discourses on minorities. Nirenberg shows that their use of violence expressed complex beliefs about topics as diverse as divine history, kingship, sex, money, and disease, and that their actions were frequently contested by competing groups within their own society
Anti-Judaism : the Western tradition by David Nirenberg( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This incisive history upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes in the Western tradition. With deep learning and elegance, David Nirenberg shows how foundational anti-Judaism is to the history of the West"--Amazon
Judaism and Christian art : aesthetic anxieties from the catacombs to colonialism by Herbert L Kessler( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian cultures across the centuries have invoked Judaism in order to debate, represent, and contain the dangers presented by the sensual nature of art. By engaging Judaism, both real and imagined, they explored and expanded the perils and possibilities for Christian representation of the material world. The thirteen essays inJudaism and Christian Artreveal that Christian art has always defined itself through the figures of Judaism that it produces. From its beginnings, Christianity confronted a host of questions about visual representation. Should Christians make art, or does attention to the beautiful works of human hands constitute a misplaced emphasis on the things of this world or, worse, a prohibited form of idolatry ("Thou shalt make no graven image")? And if art is allowed, upon what styles, motifs, and symbols should it draw? Christian artists, theologians, and philosophers answered these questions and many others by thinking about and representing the relationship of Christianity to Judaism. This volume is the first dedicated to the long history, from the catacombs to colonialism but with special emphasis on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, of the ways in which Christian art deployed cohorts of "Jews"more figurative than realin order to conquer, defend, and explore its own territory
Aesthetic theology and its enemies : Judaism in Christian painting, poetry, and politics by David Nirenberg( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Established the way in which Christian cultures has been regarded as "threatened" by Judaism and describes how arts of representation legitimated themselves as Christian by defending themselves against this threat"--
Neighboring faiths : Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and today by David Nirenberg( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are usually treated as autonomous religions, but in fact across the long course of their histories the three religions have developed in interaction with one another. In Neighboring Faiths, David Nirenberg examines how Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived with and thought about each other during the Middle Ages and what the medieval past can tell us about how they do so today. There have been countless scripture-based studies of the three "religions of the book," but Nirenberg goes beyond those to pay close attention to how the three religious neighbors loved, tolerated, massacred, and expelled each other--all in the name of God--in periods and places both long ago and far away. Nirenberg argues that the three religions need to be studied in terms of how each affected the development of the others over time, their proximity of religious and philosophical thought as well as their overlapping geographies, and how the three "neighbors" define--and continue to define--themselves and their place in terms of one another. From dangerous attractions leading to interfaith marriage; to interreligious conflicts leading to segregation, violence, and sometimes extermination; to strategies for bridging the interfaith gap through language, vocabulary, and poetry, Nirenberg aims to understand the intertwined past of the three faiths as a way for their heirs to produce the future--together."--Publisher's description
The body of Christ in the art of Europe and New Spain, 1150-1800 by James Clifton( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and German and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Body of Christ is divided into four thematic sections. "The Word Made Flesh" includes images of the Madonna and Child, the Annunciation, Nativity, and Adoration. "Suffering and Triumph" illustrates the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ. "The Eucharistic Body" explores the explicit correlation between Christ's body and blood, and the bread and wine of the Mass. "The Visionary Body" presents devotional experiences and miracles, and saints, religious, and lay persons experiencing visions of the image of Christ
To live like a Moor : Christian perceptions of Muslim identity in medieval and early modern Spain by Olivia Remie Constable( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do clothing, bathing, or dining habits reveal about one's personal religious beliefs? Nothing, of course, unless such outward bodily concerns are perceived to hold some sort of spiritual significance. Such was the case in the multireligious world of medieval Spain, where the ways in which one dressed, washed, and fed the body were seen as potential indicators of religious affiliation. True faith might be a matter of the soul, but faith identity could also literally be worn on the sleeve or reinforced through performance of the most intimate functions of daily life. The significance of these practices changed over time in the eyes of Christian warriors, priests, and common citizens who came to dominate all corners of the Iberian peninsula by the end of the fifteenth century. Certain "Moorish" fashions occasionally crossed over religious lines, while visits to a local bathhouse and indulgence in a wide range of exotic foods were frequently enjoyed by Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. Yet at the end of the Middle Ages, attitudes hardened. With the fall of Granada, and the eventual forced baptism of all Spain's remaining Muslims, any perceived retention of traditional "Moorish" lifestyles might take on a sinister overtone of disloyalty and resistance. Distinctive clothing choices, hygienic practices, and culinary tastes could now lead to charges of secret allegiance to Islam. Repressive legislation, inquisitions, and ultimately mass deportations followed
Anti-Judaismus Eine andere Geschichte des westlichen Denkens by David Nirenberg( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in German and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anti-Judaismus gilt als eine irrationale Abweichung vom westlichen Denkweg hin zu Freiheit, Toleranz und Fortschritt. David Nirenberg zeigt demgegenüber in seinem aufsehenerregenden Buch anhand zahlreicher - oft erschreckender - Belege von der Antike bis heute, dass die Distanzierung vom Judentum zum Kern des westlichen Denkens und Weltbilds gehört. Die Alten Ägypter verachteten ihre jüdischen Nachbarn als Fremde, die das Land angeblich im Dienste der Perser, Griechen oder Römer unterwanderten. Für die frühen Christen und Muslime waren die Juden Feinde der von Jesus oder Mohammed verkündeten Wahrheit. Spanische Inquisitoren strebten ebenso wie protestantische Reformatoren danach, ein heimliches Judentum aufzudecken und zu zerstören, von dem sie die Christenheit bedroht sahen. Die Aufklärung räumte mit diesem Feindbild keineswegs auf. Voltaire bekämpfte in Gestalt der Juden den Aberglauben, Kant die selbstverschuldete Unmündigkeit und Marx das Privateigentum. Die Gegner mit Juden zu identifizieren hat auch ohne reale Juden funktioniert. Aber immer wieder waren Juden (und nicht nur sie) reale Opfer eines Anti-Judaismus, der die Geschichte des Westens wie ein roter Faden durchzieht
Anti-Judaism : the history of a way of thinking by David Nirenberg( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rigorous account of one of history's darkest tendencies, following the development of anti-Semitism across three millennia. A magisterial history, ranging from antiquity to the present, that reveals anti-Judaism to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. There is a widespread tendency to regard anti-Judaism, whether expressed in a casual remark or implemented through pogrom or extermination campaign, as somehow exceptional: an unfortunate indicator of personal prejudice or the shocking outcome of an extremist ideology married to power. But, as David Nirenberg argues in this ground-breaking study, to confine anti-Judaism to the margins of our culture is to be dangerously complacent. Anti-Judaism is not an irrational closet in the vast edifice of Western thought, but rather one of the basic tools with which that edifice was constructed
Violence et minorités au Moyen âge by David Nirenberg( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in French and English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse des fonctions et des sens de la violence réservée aux minorités dans les sociétés médiévales. Montre aussi l'importance des minorités dans la construction des mondes médiévaux. Cette étude s'appuie sur les sources catalanes au temps de la couronne d'Aragon
Race and blood in the Iberian world( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jüdisch als politisches Konzept : eine Kritik der Politischen Theologie by David Nirenberg( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wie jüdisch war das Spanien des Mittelalters? : die Perspektive der Literatur ; 7. "Arye-Maimon-Vortrag" an der Universität Trier, 3. November 2004 by David Nirenberg( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comunidades de violencia : la persecución de las minorías en la Edad Media by David Nirenberg( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in Spanish and Catalan and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antigiudaismo : la tradizione occidentale by David Nirenberg( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in Italian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religiones vecinas : cristianismo, islam y judaísmo en la Edad Media y en la actualidad by David Nirenberg( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines how Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived with and thought about each other during the Middle Ages and what the medieval past can tell us about how they do so today
Violence and the persecution of minorities in the Crown of Aragon : Jews, lepers and Muslims before the Black Death by David Nirenberg( )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking European Jewish history( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Europe has changed greatly in the last century. Political, social and ideological transformations have not only redrawn the map of the continent but have rewoven the fabric of its culture. These changes have nourished widespread reassessment in European historical research in terms of its presuppositions, its methodologies, its directions, its emphases, and its scope. The political boundaries between nations and states, along with the very concepts of 'nation' and 'boundary', have changed significantly, and the self-consciousness of ethnic minorities has likewise evolved in new directions. All these developments have affected how the Jews of Europe perceive themselves, and helped shape how historians view the Jewish past. This volume looks at the Jewish past in the spirit of this reassessment. Part I reconciders the basic parameters of the subject as well as some of its fundamental concepts suggesting new assumptions and perspectives from which to conduct future studies of European Jewish history. Topics covered here include periodization and the definition of geographical borders, antisemitism, gender and the history of Jewish women, and notions of assimilation. Part II is devoted to articulating the meaning of 'modernity' in the history of European Jewry and demarcating key stages in its crystallization. Contributors here reflect on the defining characteristics of a distinct early modern period in European Jewish history, the Reformation and the Jews, and the fundamental features of the Jewish experience in modern times. Parts III and IV present two scholarly conversations as case studies for the application of the critical and programmatic categories considered thus far: the complex web of relationships between Jews, Christians, and Jewish converts to Christianity (Conversos, New Christians, Marranos) in fifteenth-century Spain; and the impact of American Jewry on Jewish life in Europe in the twentieth century, at a time when the dominant trend was one of migration from Europe to the Americas. This timely volume suggests a new framework for the study of Jewish history and helps to contextualize it within the mainstream of historical scholarship
The history of a way of thinking by David Nirenberg( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this magisterial and definitive study, David Nirenberg charts the evolution of anti-Jewish ideas from 1400 BCE to the present day, demonstrating that anti-Semitic tropes have been inherited and refined across centuries. Rather than flaring up at certain times and places, argues Nirenberg, anti-Jewish feeling runs through the entire history of Western thought, and does not even require the presence of Jews in society in order to thrive
Das neue Sefarad : das moderne Spanien und sein jüdisches Erbe by David Nirenberg( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Communities of violence : persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages
Judaism and Christian art : aesthetic anxieties from the catacombs to colonialismThe body of Christ in the art of Europe and New Spain, 1150-1800
Alternative Names
David Nirenberg American historian

David Nirenberg Amerikaans hoogleraar

David Nirenberg historiador estadounidense

David Nirenberg istoric american

Nirenberg, David

English (156)

German (22)

Spanish (9)

Italian (5)

French (3)

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