The main theme of Brooks’s novel is religious tolerance and intolerance. In Sarajevo, people of different religions lived next door to one another. Their churches, mosques, and temples were built closely together as well. However, wars and invasions have changed the cultural climate, both physically and spiritually.
One of the symbols of this former tolerant attitude is the Sarajevo Haggadah, a lavishly illustrated Jewish text. Historically, the Jewish religion has not favored illustrations. Depictions of religious figures were more often used in Christian texts. The inclusion...
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