A History of the Jewish Community in Istanbul by Minna Rozen

By Minna Rozen

This quantity provides the transformation of the Greek-speaking, Romaniot Jewish group of Byzantine Constantinople into an Ottoman, ethnically various immigrant neighborhood, displaying the impact of the Ottoman conquest on cultural and social values. New and latest assets remove darkness from a society that was once haunted by means of the dislocation and bereavement of the expulsion from Spain yet used to be however materialistic and pleasure-seeking, with funds and pedigree as splendid values. The society continuously redefined its relationships and limits with its former Iberian international and with the Ottoman non-Jewish international round it. The booklet is critical to the research of Istanbul, relatively its Ottoman Jewish group. The chapters on relations Formation and Social styles serve family members historians learning the early glossy interval. This moment variation comprises a number of pages of corrections and additions.

Biographical note
Minna Rozen, Ph.D. (1977) in Jewish heritage, Tel Aviv collage, is a Professor of Jewish background on the collage of Haifa, Israel. She has released generally on social heritage of the Sephardic Diaspora within the Mediterranean basin in Hebrew, English and French, and initiated significant documentation initiatives of Jewish remnants in those regions.
All these attracted to the historical past of the Ottoman Empire, in particular the background of Istanbul and/or the historical past of the Sephardic Diaspora. participants of this Diaspora around the globe and Sephardic genealogists.
'...very concise, lucid, methodic and insightful...This booklet is a milestone in historic experiences of the Jews within the Ottoman Empire.'
Maria Eftymiou, BHMA, 2003.
'...full of aspect and touching upon each attainable element concerning the lifestyles and occasions of the early Jewish group of Istanbul…'
Sara Nur Yildiz, H-Net reports within the Humanities & Social Sciences, 2003.
' ...a significant contribution to Jewish and Ottoman social historical past' Avigdor Levy, overseas magazine of center East reports, 2004
'...an very important research that provides a lot perception into the lifetime of Jews in early smooth Istanbul', Marc Baer, magazine of the commercial and Social heritage of the Orient, VOL. XLVII, 2004

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