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

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

by Janet Liebman Jacobs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520235177

ISBN-13: 9780520235175

Pub. Date: 09/02/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

This Engrossing Study of Contemporary Crypto-Iews -- 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…  See more details below

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This Engrossing Study of Contemporary Crypto-Iews -- 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.

No other scholar has explored the plight of crypto-Jews from a social-psychological point of view. Persecuted for centuries in Spain and in its colonies, crypto-Jews practiced their religion in secret and through often modified Jewish rituals, synthesizing Judaism and Catholicism in ways that have been handed down through generations. Jacobs investigates how contemporary crypto-Jews have uncovered their true ancestry and today live with the discovery of their families' Sephardic history, examining how those who chose conversion in response to this discovery have developed their spirituality and Jewish worldview.

The result is a captivating account of a group's struggle to piece together a more complete -- and therefore accurate -- personal and religious history. Jacobs's fifty in-depth interviews with crypto-Jewish descendants raise momentous questions about secrecy, gender, power, and tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520235175
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/02/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Sales rank:
944,682
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Crypto-Jewish Descent: An Ethnographic Study in Historical Perspective1
1Secrecy, Antisemitism, and the Dangers of Jewishness21
2Women and the Persistence of Culture: Ritual, Custom, and the Recovery of Sephardic Ancestry42
3The Self-in-Relation and the Transformation of Religious Consciousness67
4Syncretism and Faith Blending in Modern Crypto-Judaism83
5Conversion and the Rekindling of the Jewish Soul100
6Jewish Ancestry and the Social Construction of Ethnic Identity125
Conclusion: Ethnic Loss and the Future of Crypto-Jewish Culture149
Notes155
Selected Bibliography177
Index187

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