The 'Secular' Sasanian Empire: Babylonian Rabbinic Stories and Strategies of Accommodation in Context

Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (TRI)
The Department & Program in Near Eastern Studies

Simcha Gross is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on Jewish social and cultural history in the first millennium of the Common Era. His first book examines strategies of accommodation employed by Jews and other minority communities in the Sasanian Empire, the ways the Sasanian Empire conditioned Jewish social and cultural formations, and how these processes illuminate Sasanian imperial political theology and attitudes towards religious minorities.

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