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Christian Missionaries and Missionary Schools
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Due to the strict prohibitions against proselytizing to Muslims, Christian missionaries in Islamic lands focused their efforts on Jews (and also on indigenous Christians in some areas). Aside from some briefs spurts in earlier eras, Christian missionary activity was mostly a phenomenon of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A notable exception took place in the decades following the expulsions from Spain and Portugal in the late fifteenth century, when Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries sought to convert the refugees in Morocco and to bring back conversos who were flee…

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Walker Robins, “Christian Missionaries and Missionary Schools”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0005360>
First published online: 2010

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