The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Among Believers

About This Episode


The story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity — and sometimes their lives — under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labeled “Christ-killers” by the Christians or “dhimmi” (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence.

Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: Among Believers offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo. It also tells the heart-rending story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day in this five-part series.