S.J. Pearce is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where her teaching and research focus on the intellectual history and literature of Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain. She is currently completing a book-length project that examines the ways in which Jewish intellectuals in 13th-century Spain and France understood Arabic to be a language of cultural prestige. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University (Near Eastern Studies, 2011); and during the 2012-13 academic year, held the Louis and Hortense Apfelbaum Fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The 2012-2013 Fellows contributed to a new web exhibit titled 13th Century Entanglements: Judaism, Christianity & Islam, in which each Fellow presented a manuscript or printed work used in research during the year. Dr. Pearce chose LJS 453, and her text from the exhibit follows.
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