The Jews in Palestine in the Eighteenth Century: Under the Patronage of the Istanbul Committee of Officials for Palestine

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University of Alabama Press, 1992 - History - 305 pages
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Research reveals a clear connection between the legal and social status of the Jews in Palestine in the 18th century and their ties with the Diaspora. The Jews who had immigrated to Palestine in that period were mostly poor and elderly. The country was economically backward and politically unstable, which made it impossible for the immigrants to support themselves through productive work. Therefore they lived off the contributions of their brethren overseas. Taxes and fees imposed by the Ottoman rulers increased the financial desperation of the Jews in Palestine. Prohibitions against young unmarried immigrant men and women made for an unstable population largely of old men, many of whom died shortly after immigrating. Families succumbed to disease, earthquakes, and famine, but in the face of these problems, the Jewish communities in Palestine persevered."
  

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Contents

The Sources
1
PART I
9
The Influences of Pilgrimages
27
the MidEighteenth Century
35
PART III
51
Areas of Activity of the Istanbul Officials
93
Jewish Communities in Palestine
109
Demographic Data
170
The Economic Life of the Jews in Palestine
179
Notes
219
Bibliography
279
Index
299
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