Artur de Barros Basto: Abraham Israel Ben-Rosh: a “Special Man” Seen by Foreigners

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Arthur de Barros Basto (Amarante, 1887–1961), known as the “Apostle of the Marranos” and the “Portuguese Dreyfus”, returned to Judaism in 1920. After centuries of repression, it could flourish in the young Republic identically to every religion. But flourishing meant resuscitating. Whereas in the 1930’s Sionism was spreading in the European political and intellectual circles, Barros Basto committed into resuscitating Israel in his own country. He became internationally famous, gaining means and strength to achieve his mission, turning a public figure that this paper aims at shaping through contemporary testimonies and travel narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalHamsa. Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventJews of Portugal and the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish Diaspora - Universities of Lisbon and Oporto, Oporto, Portugal
Duration: 2 Jul 2018 → …


  • Arthur Barros Basto
  • Judaism
  • Portugal
  • Inter-war period
  • Travel writing


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