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Crypto-Jews

Crypto-Jews. Jews who secretly practised their religion while officially converting to either Christianity or Islam. Well-known examples are the Almohads of Spain and N. Africa of the 12th cent, the neofiti of S. Italy (late 13th–16th cent.), the Conversos or Marranos of Spain (15th and 16th cents.) and the Jadid al-Islam of Meshed, Persia (19th cent.). See ANUSIM.

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