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A Scapegoat for all Seasons


The Dönmes or Crypto-Jews of Turkey


Rifat Bali’s A Scapegoat for All Seasons considers the increase in the Turkish public’s interest in Dönmes, or Crypto-Jews, who are alleged by nationalists to secretly control the Turkish republic.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-101-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jun 24,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 418
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-101-5
$186.00
$111.60

In A Scapegoat for All Seasons, Rifat Bali, a noted historian of Turkey’s Jews, takes up the case of the Dönmes, or Crypto-Jews. Bali’s present book is a reaction to an upsurge in nationalist literature in Turkey, from both secular and Islamist circles, which considers the country to be controlled by Jews. The Jewish community of Izmir, which produced the Sabbatean offshoot of Judaism, is assumed to be the centre of the anti-Turkish activities. According to certain authors, the founders of the Turkish replubic were themselves Dönmes. Bali’s work considers these beliefs and why they should have developed in the Turkish case in this series of essays which range from assessing individual works on the Crypto-Jews in Turkey to historical treatments of issues such as the Nazi’s view of Dönmes.

In A Scapegoat for All Seasons, Rifat Bali, a noted historian of Turkey’s Jews, takes up the case of the Dönmes, or Crypto-Jews. Bali’s present book is a reaction to an upsurge in nationalist literature in Turkey, from both secular and Islamist circles, which considers the country to be controlled by Jews. The Jewish community of Izmir, which produced the Sabbatean offshoot of Judaism, is assumed to be the centre of the anti-Turkish activities. According to certain authors, the founders of the Turkish replubic were themselves Dönmes. Bali’s work considers these beliefs and why they should have developed in the Turkish case in this series of essays which range from assessing individual works on the Crypto-Jews in Turkey to historical treatments of issues such as the Nazi’s view of Dönmes.

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Rifat N. Bali

  • About the Author (page 5)
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 9)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 10)
  • PREFACE (page 13)
  • 1 A SCAPEGOAT FOR ALL SEASONS: THE DONMES, OR CRYPTO-JEWS OF TURKEY (page 19)
  • 2 A DELUSIONAL OBSESSION: THE DONME QUESTION' (page 91)
  • 3 STATEMENTS OF PERSONS ACCUSED OF BEING DONME (page 107)
  • 4 THE DONMES IN MEMOIRS AND INTERVIEWS (page 119)
  • 5 A TESTIMONY BY "V.AVDET"1 (page 191)
  • 6 THE NAZI PERCEPTIONS OF THE DONMES (page 215)
  • 7 MUSTAFA KEMAL AND THE CLAIM OF HIS DONME ROOTS (page 225)
  • 8 THE DONMES AS A THEME OF TURKISH ANTISEMITISM (page 251)
  • 9 A RECENT ANTISEMITIC THEME: THE SABBATEAN ROLE IN THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE (page 279)
  • 10 WHAT IS EFENDI TELLING US? (page 319)
  • 11 WHAT IS REALLY BEING DISCUSSED HERE, SABBATEANISM OR THE REPUBLICAN REGIME? (page 353)
  • 12 A MUTILATED TRANSLATION: GERSHOM SCHOLEM'S SABBATAI SEVI (page 357)
  • APPENDICES (page 359)
  • GLOSSARY (page 387)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 389)
  • INDEX (page 407)