Fractured Faiths / Las fes fracturadas
Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities / El judaísmo español, la Inquisición y identidades nuevo mundiales
Published by: SF Design, llc / FrescoBooks
228 Pages, 9.00 x 12.00 in, 115 color plates, 9 halftones, 3 maps
- 9781934491515 | May 2016
Why does the story of secret Jews fascinate us? What is crypto-Judaism? In recent decades religious practices that were preserved in hiding for centuries have become more widely known. Specifically, families of Spanish Jewish descent have retained elements of Judaism for five hundred years. What incredible religious and cultural tenacity! For many these elements represent a discovered identity that helps to explain mysteries in their lives. Is a person Jewish by genes, cultural heritage, religious practice, or by choice? What survives for a person whose ancestors were Jewish five hundred years ago?
Fractured Faiths traces the history of the Sephardic and converso (converted) Jews from their Golden Age to the twenty-first century, in both the land they left behind and in the lands they later settled. Documents, maps, paintings, and objects illuminate the history of Sephardic Jews from Spain to Mexico to New Mexico.
"The book's geographic and chronological scope, the elegance of the essays, the depth of the scholarship, and the richness of the visual material make it an important contribution to scholarly and popular literature."--New Mexico Historical Review