Dr. Nadia Zeldes, personal information and a selection of publications. I have worked for many years as researcher at the Ben Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, Jerusalem. Between 1999 and 2002 I was lecturer at the Tel Aviv university. I am currently affiliated with the Hispania Judaica project sponsored by the Mandel Institute for Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. My main area of interest is Mediterranean history in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, focusing on various aspects of Jewish history in South Italy, Sicily, and Spain. I have published extensively in Hebrew, English, and Italian in refereed academic journals and participated in various academic conferences in Israel and abroad. My publications include my

book: The Former Jews of This Kingdom: Sicilian Converts after the Expulsion (1492-1516) (Leiden: Brill, 2003), which is based on my Ph.D. thesis. My Here is a selection of articles concerning Jewish converts to Christianity: 1. ‘Incident in Messina: Letters of Ferdinand the Catholic Concerning Portuguese Conversos Caught on their Way to Constantinople’, Sefarad , 62 (2002), pp. 401- 427. 2. ‘Spanish Attitudes Toward Converso Emigration to the Levant in the Reign of the Catholic Monarchs’, Eurasian Studies, II (2003), pp. 251-271. 3. ‘Three Wills by New Christians (Neofiti) from Sicily in the Generation of the Expulsion’, Pe’amim 103 (2005), pp. 101-128 [Hebrew]. 4. ‘Aspects of Married Life of Jewish Women Converts in Italy’, in Donne nella storia degli ebrei d’Italia, eds. M. Luzzati and C. Galasso, Florence, 2007, pp. 97-108. 5. ‘Jews and Conversos in the Writings of Lucio Marineo Siculo: Historiography and Propaganda’, Hispania Judaica Bulletin 7 (2010), pp. 193-209. 6. ‘Legal Status of Jewish Converts in Southern Italy and Provence’, California Italian Studies, 1,1 (2010), Electronic Journal, http://escholarship.org/uc/item/91z342hv


CSOC- Expulsion of the New Christians from Southern Italy at the beginning of the 16th century-0

Seminar discussing the decision to expel most of the Jews and all New Christians (including those who were Christians for several generations) from the Kingdom of Naples in 1503, according to Christian sources and Rabbinic Responsa. The seminar (in Hebrew) was given by Dr. Nadia Zeldes as part of the activity in the Center for the study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at BGU (May 13th, 2014)

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