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Martyrs, converts and anusot (forced converts)
Simha Goldin

nihbeshet , because she was very strictly kept from becoming the victim of any act of violence, and most particularly sexual violence. Rabbi Meshulam ben David cites the opinion of his important teacher, Rabbenu Simha, who set down the following principle: if women who were captured ‘accept as true’ that it is possible to free them by putting pressure on their captors or by bribing

in Jewish women in europe in the middle ages
Women as citizens
Shailja Sharma

, whereas in France it was the subject of well-publicized trials in 1979, in 1984 and (two) in 1991. In the 1991 cases, both the exciseuse and the parents were given prison sentences (Winter, 1994). In all the French cases, much of the public debate followed culturalist lines, with so-called experts often making the case for “customs” and “family choice” and feminists describing it as straightforward sexual violence and bodily harm. Often, the voices of parents were never heard. Similarly, while awareness of the practice of forced marriages has seemingly increased, in

in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France