Map of the day: Legal status of Jews around the year 1500

Found via reddit

The map above gives a very general overview of the legal status of Jews in various major European countries around the year 1500.

Interestingly, the two European countries with the largest Jewish populations today (France: 465,000; UK: 270,000) both had Jewish bans in 1500.

In modern times Jews are fleeing France now in record numbers and are moving mainly to Israel.

And perhaps even more interesting is the fact that the Muslim Ottoman Empire allowed Jews to live in within it territory, while they were banned throughout much of Western Europe.

Yes, but they only allowed them to live there as Dhimmis which made them second-class citizens who had to pay a jizya tax to their Muslim overlords in order to be “protected” citizens who did not have full equality.


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