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Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews / Edition 1
     

Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews / Edition 1

by Janet Liebman Jacobs
 

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ISBN-10: 0520235177

ISBN-13: 9780520235175

Pub. Date: 09/02/2002

Publisher: University of California Press


This study of contemporary crypto-Jews—descendants of European Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition—traces the group's history of clandestinely conducting their faith and their present-day efforts to reclaim their past. Janet Liebman Jacobs masterfully combines historical and social scientific theory to fashion a

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This study of contemporary crypto-Jews—descendants of European Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition—traces the group's history of clandestinely conducting their faith and their present-day efforts to reclaim their past. Janet Liebman Jacobs masterfully combines historical and social scientific theory to fashion a brilliant analysis of hidden ancestry and the transformation of religious and ethnic identity.

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ISBN-13:
9780520235175
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/02/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements

Introduction. Crypto-Jewish Descent: An Ethnographic Study in Historical Perspective

1. Secrecy, Antisemitism, and the Dangers of Jewishness
2. Women and the Persistence of Culture: Ritual, Custom, and the Recovery of Sephardic Ancestry
3. The Self-in-Relation and the Transformation of Religious Consciousness
4. Syncretism and Faith Blending in Modern Crypto-Judaism
5. Conversion and the Rekindling of the Jewish Soul
6. Jewish Ancestry and the Social Construction of Ethnic Identity

Conclusion. Ethnic Loss and the Future of Crypto-Jewish Culture

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