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1. Anti-Judaism and antisemitism

Anti-Semitism is an aversion to Jews that has been deeply rooted in Christian thought for centuries; in the early modern period, it manifested itself in stereotypes, everyday harassment, injustices, unequal treatment, and persecution of Jews (see also Jews, persecution of). In the Islamic world of that era, antisemitism—based on accusations voiced by the Christian s…

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Helbig, Annekathrin, “Antisemitism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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