10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism in Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

During the Inquisition, Muslim rulers in Senegal protected local Jews

As Iberian, Sicilian, and Sephardic Jews left Europe during the Spanish Inquisition, a mass exodus fled to North and West Africa, particularly Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and Senegal. Those countries under Muslim and Ottoman patronage had developed a reputation for protecting Jews who entered their borders, accounting for the large influx.