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A History of the Jews in New Mexico

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In this first history of the Jews in New Mexico?from the colonial period to the present day?the author continuously ties the Jewish experience to the evolution of the societies in which they lived and worked. The book begins with one of the least known but most fascinating aspects of New Mexico Jewry?the crypto-Jews who came north to escape the Mexican Inquisition. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the story is more familiar: German merchants settling in Las Vegas and Santa Fe and then coming to ...

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Overview

In this first history of the Jews in New Mexico—from the colonial period to the present day—the author continuously ties the Jewish experience to the evolution of the societies in which they lived and worked. The book begins with one of the least known but most fascinating aspects of New Mexico Jewry—the crypto-Jews who came north to escape the Mexican Inquisition. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the story is more familiar: German merchants settling in Las Vegas and Santa Fe and then coming to Albuquerque after the railroad arrived. To these accounts the author adds considerable nuance and detail, particularly on the place of Jews in smaller communities such as Roswell and Las Cruces as well as their social life and religious practice in a frontier region.

The discussion of the twentieth century focus particularly on the dynamics of Jewish development, and the ways in which that process differed in New Mexico.

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The Jewish communities of Arabia had great influence on the attitudes that Muslims hold toward Jews, and yet relatively little has been written about their history. The sources are sparse, and Arabic literary texts from the early period of Islam remain the greatest source of our understanding of Arabian Judaism. Through techniques borrowed from anthropology, literary criticism, sociology and comparative religion, Newby (history, North Carolina State U.) reconstructs some understanding of Jewish life in Arabia before and during the time of Muhammad. From the arrival of crypto-Jews escaping the Mexican Inquisition to the nuances that separate modern Jews in New Mexico from those in the rest of the country, chronicles the history of the state's Jewish communities and isolated Jews in small towns. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826313904
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,395,035
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry J. Tobias is professor of history emeritus from the University of Oklahoma. His publications also include The Jewish Bund in Russia from Its Origins in 1905; and The Jews in Oklahoma. He resides in Albuquerque.

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