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"In the year 1834 there occurred a sad incident that will never depart from Moroccan Jewish memory". This is how Jacob Toledano began to tell the story of Sol Hatchuel, also known as Suleika, a young Jewish girl from Tangier who was executed in Fez for apostasy from Islam after her Muslim neighbors testified that she converted. This chapter focuses on written sources from the first century after Sol's death. These works were written in European languages by Jews and non-Jews as well as in Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Spanish. Chapter one reviews and compares these versions of her story, starting with the earliest published texts based on interviews with members of her family. It presents an overview of the other chapters present in the book.

Keywords: European languages; Hebrew; Jacob Toledano; Jews; Sol Hatchuel



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