From PBS series, The Story of the Jews

Jews in the Islamic World, from PBS Learning Media

In this video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews, host Simon Schama discusses conditions for Jews living in Islamic lands during the Middle Ages. Schama points out that although Jewish communities in Muslim territories experienced a form of second class citizenship, they experienced a level of freedom, prosperity and acceptance not common in Medieval Christian Europe.

Meets 9-12 educational content standards in multiple states and national standards for civics and government.

Access teacher support materials and background reading, discussion questions, flashcards, and handouts for students on PBS Learning Media’s Jews in the Islamic World webpage.

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