A Question of Identity

A Question of Identity : Iberian Conversos in Historical Perspective

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In 1391 many of the Jews of Spain were forced to convert to Christianity, creating a new group whose members would be continually seeking a niche for themselves in society. The question of identity was to play a central role in the lives of these and later converts whether of Spanish or Portuguese heritage, for they could not return to Judaism as long as they remained on the Peninsula, and their place in the Christian world would never be secure. This book considers the history of the Iberian conversos-both those who remained in Spain and Portugal and those who emigrated. Wherever they resided the question of identity was inescapable. The exile who chose France or England, where Jews could not legally reside, was faced with different considerations and options than the converso who chose Holland, a newly formed Protestant country where Jews had not previously resided. Choosing Italy entailed a completely different set of options and dilemmas. Renee Levine Melammed compares and contrasts the livshow more

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  • Hardback | 253 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195170717
  • 9780195170719
  • 2,021,992

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This is a well-written and documented work that even beginners in Iberian history will find easily understandable and interesting. Highly Recommended. * Choice *show more

About Renee Levine Melammed

Renee Levine Melammed is Associate Professor of Jewish History at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she also serves as Associate Dean and head of the Women's Studies M.A. program. Her first book, Heretics or Daughters of Israel: The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile (OUP, 1999) won two National Jewish Book Awards.show more

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