I am working on creating a master list of books on the Inquisition, Conversos, etc. and will eventually organize these into the appropriate categories and add these to a separate page on the website.

The following is a list that readers may find interesting.

I have not read Maria-Theresa Hernandez’s books yet, but have heard her speak twice at the SCJS (Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies conference). Both presentations were very interesting. The books by Renee Melammed, Richard L. Kagan, Haim Beinart, and David L. Graizbord are well known.

Many of the other titles are interesting and I hope to add them to my collection over time. If you have read any of them and wish to post a review, feel free to contact me and I will gladly post with proper attribution.

Maria-Theresa Hernandez, The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico

Mario X. Martinez, Conversos (Western Sephardic Traditions)

Renee Levine Melammed, A Question of Identity: Iberian Conversos in Historical Perspective

Richard L. Kagan, Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism, 1500–1800 1st Edition

Miguel Ángel Ladero Quesada, Judíos y conversos de Castilla en el siglo XV

Norman Finkelstein, The Other 1492: Jewish Settlement in the New World

Kieth and Marian Fogel, Conversos of the Americas: Emergence & Descent of the Converted Jews of Spain

Haim Beinart, Conversos on Trial: The Inquisition in Ciudad Real (Hispania Judaica)

David L. Graizbord, Souls in Dispute: Converso Identities in Iberia and the Jewish Diaspora, 1580-1700 (Jewish Culture and Contexts)

Roa Vidal Doval, Misera Hispania: Jews and Conversos in Alonso de Espina’s Fortalitium Fidei

Mordechai Arbell, Portugese Jews of Jamaica


Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism.

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