A history of the Jewish community in Istanbul: the formative years, 1453-1566. Map

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 414 pages
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This volume presents the transformation of the Greek-speaking, Romaniot Jewish community of Byzantine Constantinople into an Ottoman, ethnically diversified immigrant community, showing the influence of the Ottoman conquest on cultural and social values. New and existing sources illuminate a society that was haunted by the dislocation and bereavement of the expulsion from Spain but was nevertheless materialistic and pleasure-seeking, with money and pedigree as supreme values. The society constantly redefined its relationships and boundaries with its former Iberian world and with the Ottoman non-Jewish world around it. The book is important to the study of Istanbul, particularly its Ottoman Jewish community. The chapters on Family Formation and Social Patterns serve family historians studying the early modern period.
  

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Contents

The Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople
1
Map of Constantinople before the Ottoman Conquest
7
The Ottoman State and the Jews of Istanbul
16
Immigration and the Making of a Community
45
Geographical History of the Community
55
Patterns of Organization
62
InterEthnic Encounters
87
Patterns of Social Behavior The Family
99
Jewish woman from Edirne
293
Turkish woman and her slave going to the bath
294
Slave ? and the Turkish children she looks after
295
Jewish widow and married Jewish woman from Istanbul
296
Greek lady from Pera
297
Jewish merchant
298
Armenian merchant
299
Greek merchant
300

Social Stratification Wealth and Poverty
197
Economic Life
222
Elite Culture and Popular Culture
244
Relations with Ottoman Society
278
Unmarried young Jewish woman from Edirne
289
Turkish woman of medium means indoors
290
Turkish lady of leisure
291
Young Frankish woman from Pera
292
Turkish dignitary
301
Jewish physician
302
Tombstone in Haskoy cemetery
303
Conclusion
304
Title page of Mahbarot Imanuel by Imanuel HaRomi printed in Istanbul in 1535
374
Bibliography
375
Index
400
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Minna Rozen is Professor of History at Haifa University. A distinguished scholar who has also taught in Italy, Greece and the US, her previous publications include "A History of the Jewish Community in Istanbul--the Formative Years, 1453-1566" and "Haskoy"" Cemetery"": Typology of Stones."""

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