MARRANOS: THE CRYPTO-JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN CHRISTENDOM
After pogroms swept across Spain in 1391 and the expulsion decree in 1492, thousands of Spanish Jews were forced to convert. Although publicly professing their devotion to Catholicism, a large number practiced Judaism in hiding. The Conversos, also known as Marranos, were one of multiple Jewish communities continuing to practice their religion in secret. Ken Blady, author of Jewish Communities in Exotic Places, will explore the hidden Jewish communities from Spain as well as communities in Istanbul, Central Asia, Iran and the Sahara.
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