Iberian New Christians and Their Descendants

This is the cover of my book entitled "Iberian New Christians and Their Descendants" (2019)

Edited by Abraham Gross, Adina Moryosef and Jack Cohen, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers

Here is the Publisher's blurb for the book:

This ground-breaking volume explores the relatively new academic field of Bnei Anousim studies (also referred to as descendants of New Christians, Conversos, or Marranos), whose Jewish ancestors in Iberia were forcibly converted to Catholicism from 1391 through the fifteenth century. Chronologically, this book focuses on the eighteenth century, a later period of Inquisition activity marked by the Portuguese Inquisition's relentless attacks against the Jewish "heresy" and the resultant mass exodus of New Christians from Portugal to Brazil. Several chapters concern the contemporary phenomenon of descendants of these New Christians seeking their Jewish roots. Yet, among a population that has retained almost no memory of their origins, how authentic are their Jewish roots? After the passage of hundreds of years, how much of what they perceive as "Jewish" is truly a lost Sefardi heritage? This volume addresses these questions from the perspectives of history, demography, genealogy, anthropology, and genetics.

Most of the articles are based on presentations at the international conference, Reconnecting 2016: Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots held in Miami in September 2016, organized by the Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies.

As a result of his book we shall need to rethink our knowledge and understanding of the intricate history of the conversos/crypto-Jews and the multifaceted identities of their descendants, Moises Orfali, Bar-Ilan University, Corresponding Academic Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History and of the Spanish Royal Academy

Top-notch scholarship that touches on all the major issues in Crypto-Jewish studies today. This book is a phenomenally important contribution to the study of cryptoJudaism, Seth Ward, Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Wyoming

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