History of the Turkish Jews and Sephardim: Memories of a Past Golden Age

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University Press of America, 2007 - History - 259 pages
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“A valuable historical reference guide.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is a very ambitious and timely book, a book that many historians, literary theorists and story tellers who care about China and its “Other Half of the Sky” want to write, but Brian Griffith did it first, with such scope, ease and fun.” —WANG PING, author of The Last Communist Virgin and Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

“This book is a most engaging and entertaining read, and the depth of its scholarship is astounding. Griffith vividly describes the counterculture of Chinese goddesses, shows that their fascinating stories are alive and active today, and points us toward a more inclusive and caring partnership future.” —RIANE EISLER, author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics and The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future

Touching on the whole story of China—from Neolithic villages to a globalized Shanghai—this book ties mythology, archaeology, history, religion, folklore, literature, and journalism into a millennia-spanning story about how Chinese women—and their goddess traditions—fostered a counterculture that flourishes and grows stronger every day.

As Brian Griffith charts the stories of China’s founding mothers, shamanesses, goddesses, and ordinary heroines, he also explores the largely untold story of women’s contributions to cultural life in the world’s biggest society and provides inspiration for all global citizens.

Brian Griffith grew up in Texas, studied history at the University of Alberta, and now lives just outside of Toronto, Ontario. He is an independent historian who examines how cultural history influences our lives, and how collective experience offers insights for our future.


 

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Contents

THE FIRST OTTOMANS
5
COMMUNISM BEFORE MARX
9
MURAD II THE AGONY OF BYZANTIUM THE DAWN OF AN EMPIRE
13
MEHMED II THE NEW ROME ISTANBUL
15
BAYEZID II THE GATES OF PARADISE
21
SELIM I CONQUEROR OF THE HOLY LAND SYRIA AND EGYPT
29
SÜLEYNAN I SHELOMO HAMELEH
37
SELIM II AND THE DUKE OF NAXOS WAS HIS WINE COMPANION
71
MURAD IV THE CONQUEROR OF BAGHDAD
131
IBRAHIM THE NEW PHARAOH HIS BEARD DECKED WITH JEWELS
141
NOTES AND REFERENCES
149
APPENDIX 1
179
APPENDIX 2
181
APPENDIX 3
185
APPENDIX 4
187
APPENDIX 5
191

SAFED IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY THE KINGDOM OF MYSTICAL UTOPIA
91
MURAD III JEWISH INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY IN SEARCH OF PAX OTTOMANICA
97
MEHMED III A QUESTION OF DEBASED CONAGE
113
AHMED I WONDROUS HEALING BY THE ASHKENAZI WIDOW
119
OSMAN II THE FIRST REGICIDE
125
APPENDIX 6
199
APPENDIX 7
201
APPENDIX 8
207
INDEX
217
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About the author (2007)

Elli Kohen, MD, born in Istanbul, Turkey, is an anatomopathologist, researcher in cell biology, cell biochemistry, and cellular pharmacology, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Miami. He has written eight books in science, a Ladino/English Encyclopedic Dictionary, and the biography of Rabbi Nissim Ovadia, A Pillar of Sephardi Judaism. He appears in the marquis Who's Who in America 2005 and 2006, Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2005, Who's Who in the World of Education 2005, and the forthcoming Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2007. Dr. Kohen has spent many years in Turkey and the surrounding area. He incorporates his experiences in these regions into his writing in an effort to preserve and impart the history of the Jews in the Byzantine and Ottomon periods.

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