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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at Duke University is an interdisciplinary collaboration across a variety of Departments that seeks to explore all aspects of the Jewish experience.

Sephardic Jewry - Online Resources



Crypto-Jews or Anusim (forced ones, Hebrew) are Jews who throughout history were forced to convert to another religion. Many of them secretly maintained their Jewish identity and varying levels of observance of  Jewish laws and traditions, sometimes through generations of living as part of the surrounding Christian or Moslem community.  The most well-known and researched are the Marranos of Spain and Portugal, who were forced to convert to Christianity in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.

For an introduction to the subject of Crypto-Jews, use the following subject headings to search for books on Crypto-Jews in the online catalog: 

Online Resources - Anusim