♦ Editorial ♦
Issue No. 2 (2014)
The second issue of the Journal of Sefardic Studies contains eleven articles. All but one are based on lectures that were delivered at the Second International Conference of the Society for Sefardic Studies (Evora, Portugal, May 20-23, 2012). The conference was entitled The Encounter of the Jews of Sefarad with Islam and Muslims.
As Prof. Yom Tov Assis z''l has written in his editorial to the first issue of the e-journal: "the topic was chosen in the hope that practically all the members of the Society had something to contribute to the subject". The natural result of this intent is the great chronological, thematic and geographical diversity of the articles presented in this issue of the e-journal.
As to the chronological aspect, the articles are spread over a long period of history – starting from the Medieval Times in the Iberian Peninsula until the 20th Century. With regard to the thematic aspect, this issue contains historiographical, historic and literary analysis. From a geographical point of view, the articles address and analyze the not-always-easy coexistence between Jews and Muslims in different places in the Crowns of Castile and Aragon. They also address the vicissitudes of Jews and Conversos in Morocco and the Ottoman Empire.
The e-journal closes with Dora Zsom's article, included in the Miscellanea section, regarding the halakhic problems of legal capacity that confronted converso couples.