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Hidden Heritage
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This study of contemporary crypto-Jews—descendants of European Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition—traces the group's history of clandestinely conducting their faith and their present-day efforts to reclaim their past. Janet Liebman Jacobs masterfully combines historical and social scientific theory to fashion a brilliant analysis of hidden ancestry and the transformation of religious and ethnic identity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction. Crypto-Jewish Descent: An Ethnographic Study in Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. Secrecy, Antisemitism, and the Dangers of Jewishness
  2. pp. 21-41
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  1. 2. Women and the Persistence of Culture: Ritual, Custom, and the Recovery of Sephardic Ancestry
  2. pp. 42-66
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  1. 3. The Self-in-Relation and the Transformation of Religious Consciousness
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. 4. Syncretism and Faith Blending in Modern Crypto-Judaism
  2. pp. 83-99
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  1. 5. Conversion and the Rekindling of the Jewish Soul
  2. pp. 100-125
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  1. 6. Jewish Ancestry and the Social Construction of Ethnic Identity
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. Conclusion. Ethnic Loss and the Future of Crypto-Jewish Culture
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-175
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-185
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 187-197
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