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Conclusion Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Renée Levine Melammed

in Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151671
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.003.0010
Conclusion Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

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The conversas whose trials have been analysed in this book used their homes as the means to subvert the attempts by the Church and the Inquisition to eradicate their religious heritage. The converso home was, “a bastion of cultural resistance in which women played leading roles” in preserving their tradition and in “resisting Christian hegemony.” These women achieved such subversion not only by means of their traditional role, but also through their work, their sense of community, and a distinct awareness not only of what they were doing, but of why they were doing so. Their homes provided them with the means to attempt to observe Judaism clandestinely and provide for continuity in their nuclear and extended families. These daughters of Israel were well aware of the risks and her so-called heretical acts were a necessary and inseparable part of her heritage and her seemingly indestructible links to the Jewish people.

Keywords: conversas; Inquisition; Christian hegemony; Judaism

Chapter.  4503 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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