Jewish Life in Twenty-First-Century Turkey: The Other Side of Tolerance - New Anthropologies of Europe (Paperback)Marcy Brink-Danan (author)
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Turkey is famed for a history of tolerance toward minorities, and there is a growing nostalgia for the "Ottoman mosaic." In this richly detailed study, Marcy Brink-Danan examines what it means for Jews to live as a tolerated minority in contemporary Istanbul. Often portrayed as the "good minority," Jews in Turkey celebrate their long history in the region, yet they are subject to discrimination and their institutions are regularly threatened and periodically attacked. Brink-Danan explores the contradictions and gaps in the popular ideology of Turkey as a land of tolerance, describing how Turkish Jews manage the tensions between cosmopolitanism and patriotism, difference as Jews and sameness as Turkish citizens, tolerance and violence.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 33 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
Marcy Brink-Danan's study offers a rare and insightful view of the multilayered dynamics between and profiles of individuals peopling Istanbul's Jewish community. Jewish Life in 21st-Century Turkey is at once an important ethnographic investigation and a sociolinguistic analysis. As such, it stands apart from other studies of Turkey's contemporary Jews. * Slavic Review *
[A] marvelously provocative book . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
The book provides much important information and analysis on important issues regardingcontemporary Turkish Jews, though some of the theoretical parts might be of more interest to anthropologists. The study is an important contribution to our knowledge of Jewish life in the 21st century Middle East in general and Turkey in particular, and is of relevance as well for those interested in minority and culture studies. * AJL Reviews *
[A]n outstanding study . . . . [I]t solves the riddles of Turkish Jewish culture by offering a critical contribution to the discussion of cosmopolitanism. * Comparative Studies in Society and History *
Brink-Danan . . . ventures beyond the bland and the predictable and produces a thought-provoking book about an intriguing Jewish community in a fascinating Muslim country. * The Canadian Jewish News *
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