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The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians, and the Identity of Christian Europe

Jonathan Boyarin


Europe's formative encounter with its “others” is still widely assumed to have come with its discovery of the peoples of the New World. But, as the book argues, long before 1492 Christian Europe imagined itself in distinction to the Jewish difference within. The presence and image of Jews in Europe afforded the Christian majority a foil against which it could refine and maintain its own identity. In fundamental ways this experience, along with the ongoing contest between Christianity and Islam, shaped the rhetoric, attitudes, and policies of Christian colonizers in the New World. This book pro ... More

Keywords: Europe, New World, Jews, Indians, Christianity, Islam, colonialism, indigenous peoples, Inquisition, European identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226069197
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226069142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Boyarin, author