10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism in Africa

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Written by Keren Mikva
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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.