Anatomy of Torture: Torment as a Tool of the Spanish Inquisition #sephardic


Professor Ron Hassner's new book, Anatomy of Torture, studies how the
Spanish Inquisition used torture as a tool to extract information from their
prisoners. Torture was used to force victims to divulge crucial and truthful
information that they would not otherwise have revealed. It was not an end
in itself. His research focuses mainly on 16th Century cases in Cuidad Real
and Toledo in Spain, and in Mexico City. Professor Hassner will discuss the
sources he used and comment on their reliability.

Ron Hassner is the Chancellor's Professor of Political Science and Helen
Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies at the University of California
Berkeley. He is also the faculty director of the Berkeley Institute for
Jewish Law and Israel Studies and is the editor of the Cornell University
Press book series “Religion and Conflict.” Prof. Hassner studies the role of
ideas, practices, and symbols in international security with particular
attention to the relationship between religion and violence. ' Anatomy of
Torture' was published last year by Cornell University Press. 

This meeting is on Sunday 26 March 2023 at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm London,
8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom. The link
is shared at our Patreon page at: Everyone
else is invited to join us

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Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen
Sephardic Genealogical Society