Jewish History

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 155–168 | Cite as

Judeo-conversas and Moriscas in sixteenth-century Spain: a study of parallels

  • Renée Levine Melammed


Though interesting research has been done on Jewish women conversas in Spain, as well as on Morisco women converts, no comparison of the activities of the two groups has been made. This paper comes to fill this lacuna, examining their commitment to Judaism and Islam and ritual practices, especially as reflected in Inquisitional records. Despite basic differences, a surprising number of parallels appear in the behavior of both groups, suggesting the importance of women in preserving ties to the past and maintaining the converso mentality.


Wild Boar Sixteenth Century Spanish Society Ritual Practice Trial Record 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Schechter Institute of Jewish StudiesJerusalemIsrael

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