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The Jewish Community of Istanbul in the Nineteenth Century


Social, Legal and Administrative Transformations


A study of the Jewish community in Istanbul and how it was transformed by the Ottoman reform movement of the nineteenth century.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-939-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 8,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 168
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-939-4
$125.00
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Ilan Karmi’s study of Istanbul’s nineteenth-century Jewish community is based on painstaking research conducted in Istanbul as well as other notable cities, such as Edirne, Salonika and Izmir. Karmi interest is in the legal, political, social and economic impact of the Tanzimat reforms on the Jewish population, and he shows how the Istanbul Jewish community changed during the course of the most intensive period of reforms (1839-1878). Karami demonstrates that the Tanzimat opened up many opportunities for Jews and other non-Muslims to enter state service. However, the changes also stirred up internal conflicts which damaged relations between factions within the Jewish community of Istanbul. Karami has made an important contribution to our understanding of Ottoman Jewry but also our understanding of Ottoman reform in general.

Ilan Karmi’s study of Istanbul’s nineteenth-century Jewish community is based on painstaking research conducted in Istanbul as well as other notable cities, such as Edirne, Salonika and Izmir. Karmi interest is in the legal, political, social and economic impact of the Tanzimat reforms on the Jewish population, and he shows how the Istanbul Jewish community changed during the course of the most intensive period of reforms (1839-1878). Karami demonstrates that the Tanzimat opened up many opportunities for Jews and other non-Muslims to enter state service. However, the changes also stirred up internal conflicts which damaged relations between factions within the Jewish community of Istanbul. Karami has made an important contribution to our understanding of Ottoman Jewry but also our understanding of Ottoman reform in general.

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  • PREFACE (page 9)
  • PRELUDE (page 13)
  • 1 THE EMERGENCE OF THE ISTANBUL JEWISH COMMUNITY (page 17)
  • 2 OFFICIAL POLICY TOWARD THE JEWS: THE PARTICIPATION OF OTTOMAN JEWS IN THE REFORM MOVEMENT (page 25)
  • 3 THE UPHEVAL WITHIN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THE CAPITAL (page 43)
  • 4 SOCIAL MOBILITY AND INTEGRATION (page 63)
  • 5 CULTURAL REVIVALAND MODERN EDUCATION (page 73)
  • 6 PARTICIPATION IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE (page 91)
  • 7 TAXATION AND MILITARY SERVICE (page 103)
  • 8 ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL ACTIVITY (page 121)
  • 9 EPILOGUE: ISTANBUL JEWRY TOWARD A NEW IDENTITY (page 133)
  • APPENDICES (page 141)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 155)
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