This week's topic challenge is Medieval Jewish History. You're encouraged to think of and post good questions on this topic.

Topic Proposal

I propose as a topic Medieval Jewish History. There was a lot that went on and many names we are familiar with (Maimonides, Rashie etc.) but I think many people's knowledge of the time period is lacking. Questions could either be about the average Jew's life at the time in some place or about a specific person/event. I recognize it's a little vague...

(I suppose we could generalize this to all Jewish history if people think it's too narrow, but I think it is sufficient to draw out some interesting questions.) EDIT: It seems the community tends to agree with me, so Medieval Jewish History it is!

What is it?

There's a single topic that people think about during the week and come up with good questions on. The topic is set each Wednesday or so.

What do I win?

An Internet with more good questions and answers on an interesting topic.

How do we decide on next week's topic?

See the call for topic proposals.

  • I think its important to keep Jewish history to historical eras. (Medieval, Classical, Iron age, Bronze age etc.) I think too many people are likely to confuse eras of history especially the further back in the past you go.
    – avi
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 6:36
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    I think (specific period) history is much better than just plain history for driving questions. The latter is too broad. Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 14:06

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The only question on this topic in its week was "What was daily life like for Jewish women living in al-Andalus in the 10th/11th centuries?", which thus wins the weekly challenge by default.

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