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  •  Islam is the MOST tenacious though (0+ / 0-)

    In the same vein as my earlier comment, I think you will find that one of the repeated complaints of antisemites in the early 20th century was that those damn jews, wherever they were, over thousands of years, still refused to give up their judaism!!!

    I don't think so - twentieth century anti-Semitism was blatantly racial.  Only about half of the "Jewish" victims of the Holocaust were in fact practicing Jews.

    I think you will also find other religions which are remarkably tenacious-- despite the Portuguese export of the Inquisition to India, and five centuries of Christian evangelical activity, particularly under the protection of the British raj, yielded only 1% of Christians.

    Hinduism is truly remarkable in that it was the only Indo-European polytheism to survive the onslaught of the "Religions of the Book".  Perhaps it became stronger after it had fended off an attack by an earlier proselytising faith (Buddhism).

    Goa was in fact converted to Catholicism though.  19th century imperialists such as the British weren't as intolerant as 16th century imperialists though, and even 16th century imperialists had no success in converting Muslims.

    Large numbers of Christians under Islamic rule converted to Islam, but conversion the other way was almost unknown even under the most anti-Islamic of regimes.  In fact, the Spanish monarchy was forced to expel or exterminate the "moriscos" because they carried on practicing Islam in secret, after they were supposedly converted to Catholicism.  Crypto-Islam was far more prevalent than crypto-Judaism in post-reconquista Spain.

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