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Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era

Julia Phillips Cohen


Becoming Ottomans is the first book to tell the story of Jewish political integration into a modern Islamic empire. It begins with the process set in motion by the imperial state reforms known as the Tanzimat, which spanned the years 1839–1876 and legally emancipated the non-Muslims of the empire. Throughout this period, Jews remained little more than an afterthought in imperial politics. Four decades later the situation was difficult to recognize. By the close of the nineteenth century, Ottoman Muslims and Jews alike regularly referred to Jews as a model community, or millet—as a ... More

Keywords: Ottoman politics, non-Muslims, Sephardi Jews, model community, Tanzimat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199340408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199340408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Phillips Cohen, author
Vanderbilt University