The Almohads

The seizure of power in the Maghreb by a fanatical sect disrupted the relations between Muslims and Jews.

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Neither in North Africa nor, even more so, in al-Andalus did Jewish communities or Jewish life entirely come to an end, as exaggerated claims would have it. Nevertheless, the long period of persecution certainly depleted both the Jewish population and culture.

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Norman Roth is a professor of Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.