LimmudFest Nola 2023
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Sunday, March 19 • TBA
Was Astral Magic Kosher for Medieval Jews?

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Astral or talismanic magic thrived in the medieval Islamic world, from Baghdad to the Maghreb to al-Andalus, and was translated into Latin in the twelfth century to become a controversial and important part of Christian European culture. How did Jewish authors, doctors, practitioners, and thinkers discuss the making of talismans and the summoning of spirits from the stars? This talk will consider how medieval Jews in the Middle East and in Europe thought about the controversies, dangers, and possibilities of astrological knowledge and magical practices. In so doing, it will touch on questions about the history of medieval thought, controversies about the relationship of magic to halachah, and the relationship between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thought in the High Middle Ages. The session will include a beginner's guide to protecting a house from scorpions using astral magic but with no guarantee that it will work.

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Jonny Morton

Jonathan Morton is an Associate Professor in the French and Italian Department at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he specializes in scientific literature, poetry, and philosophy written in French and Latin in the European Middle Ages. Originally from London, he moved to New... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2023 TBA
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