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The term haskala (Hebrew: “having insight,” “making wise,” “education”; from sekel, “insight,” “understanding”) denotes the Jewish equivalent to the general Enlightenment movement in early modern Europe; its adherents are called maskilim. Both terms are first attested in the philosophical literature of the late Middle Ages, for example in Joseph Albo’s (1380–1444) sefer ha-iqqarim (“Book of Principles”)…

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Haußig, Hans-Michael, “Haskalah”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020694>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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