The Burden of Silence: Sabbatai Sevi and the Evolution of the Ottoman-Turkish Doenmes (Paperback)Cengiz Sisman (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
This is the first comprehensive study of the history of a unique religious phenomenon: the development and survival, for three and a half centuries, of a sect of messianic Jews, who believed in the Messiah Sabbatai Sevi, and following him converted to Islam and lived as a secret group in Turkey. Sisman brilliantly analyzes the religious, social, and cultural background of their history and presents in this volume an intriguing picture of their beliefs and social integration in their surroundings. It critically yet nicely complements Gershom Scholem's magisterial work, Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah. * Joseph Dan, Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah (Emeritus), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem *
By engaging with the available sources, Sisman elegantly constructs the history of one of the most mysterious communities, the Doenmes, within the broader Ottoman-Turkish and Eurasian contexts. This is a path-breaking study, which demonstrates how this enigmatic community survived through the early modern and modern times, and made significant contributions to Ottoman and Turkish modernizations along the way. * Heath W. Lowry, Ataturk Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies (Emeritus), Princeton University *
This book, based on years of research in various sources in multiple languages, is a highly significant study of the phenomenon of Sabbateanism over the centuries. Meticulously researched and contextualized, it makes a very important contribution to Ottoman, Turkish, and Jewish history. * Aron Rodrigue, Charles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture at Stanford University *
What distinguishes Sisman's book is its original, comprehensive integration of all three primary types of sources on the subject: Jewish, Christian-European, and Muslim-Ottoman. Especially praiseworthy is the effort to collect all Ottoman sources on the subject, both the wellknown and the unknown, under one research roof, and further, to put them through an impressive historical analysis against the familiar sources used intensively in past and current research. * DAAT A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah *
The biggest contribution of the book is its objective to complement and correct the literature on Sevi written by Gershom Scholem and other scholars by putting the Doenme phenomenon within the context of Ottoman and Turkish history. * Israel Affairs *
The book contextualizes this crypto-Judaic community in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic and enables a decolonial re-thinking of the Doenme history from an Ottoman-Turkish-Muslim point-view. * Reorient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies *
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