B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Crypto-Jewish History, Sephardic History

Dissimulation and Deceit in Early Modern Europe

In this book, twelve scholars of early modern history analyze various categories and cases of deception and false identity in the age of geographical discoveries and of forced conversions: from two-faced conversos to serial converts, from demoniacs to stigmatics, and from self-appointed ambassadors to lying cosmographer.

Several chapters are related to Conversos and the work as a whole of significance to anyone interested in the Crypto-Jewish experience. I just received my copy and have been making my way through the first three chapters.

The volume reveals that dissimulation was an of concern during the religious upheavals of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries in Christian and Jewish communities.

The book was edited by  Professors Miriam Eliav-Feldon and Tamar Herzig.

The link for this intriguing work is below.

Dissimulation and Deceit in Early Modern Europe


Posted by Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education. He is the author of The Converso Dilemma: Halakhic Responsa and the Status of Forced Converts

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