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Divided SoulsConverts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750$
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Elisheva Carlebach

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

The introductory chapter takes a look at the significance of being a Jew who became a Christian during the medieval and early contemporary Europe. It explains the changes that occurred during the 16th century with regards to the attitudes on Jewish conversion, before contrasting the Jews' experience with converting to Christianity with that of their experience of converting to Islam. The discussion then turns to the Iberian society, which existed sometime during the late medieval period. The Iberian society was steeped in Christianity, and is known as the Christian society that deeply confronted the question of Jewish converts. This chapter also looks at Italian Jewry as paralleled to German Jewry, and the history of Jewish conversion within England.

Keywords:   Jew, Christian, Jewish conversion, Christianity, Islam, Iberian society, Italian Jewry, German Jewry

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