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Crypto-Muslims in the Lands of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon, 1525–1560

in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319636
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226319650.003.0004
Crypto-Muslims in the Lands of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon, 1525–1560

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The earliest example of the Inquisition concerning itself directly with the converts from Islam in Old Castile can be seen in an Inquisitorial inspection of 1523 that took place in Segovia. Assimilation was to be achieved in Segovia by moving the newly converted out of the districts that had, toward the end of the Middle Ages (in the early 1480s) been designated as morer´ıas, and forcing them to live only in houses where they would have as their next-door neighbors reliable Old Christians. Social engineering of this kind is rarely popular. It was probably doubly unwelcome among the ex-Muslims because only a generation or so earlier, in Segovia, when they had been obliged to move into the morer´ıa, they had lost money on the consequent enforced property transactions.

Keywords: Old Castile; Crypto-Muslims; Inquisition; assimilation; Segovia; Old Christians; conversion

Chapter.  9218 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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