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Author Şişman, Cengiz,
Title The burden of silence : Sabbatai Sevi and the evolution of the Ottoman-Turkish donmes / Cengiz Sisman.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]

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Author Şişman, Cengiz,
Subject Shabbethai Tzevi, 1626-1676.
Sabbathaians -- History.
Crypto-Jews -- Turkey -- History.
Jews -- Turkey -- History -- Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918.
Messiah -- Judaism -- History.
Add Title Sabbatai Sevi and the evolution of the Ottoman-Turkish donmes
Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapt I: Remapping a Messianic movement in the early modern world -- The Messiah of an Ottoman City -- The early modern Ottoman crisis, Ottoman Jewry and the Sabbatean movement -- Ottoman Sultans, European monarchs and Sabbatai Sevi -- Grand viziers, the Ottoman puritans and Sabbatai Sevi -- Natural calamities and the Sabbatean movement -- Sabbatai Sevi and Nathan of Gaza: the beginnings of a Messianic movement -- Chapt II: The rise and fall of the Sabbatean movement in the Eurasian world -- Sultan's Gaze: Ottoman perception of the Sabbatean movement -- Izmir: the Messiah appeared -- Istanbul: the Messiah imprisoned -- Dardanelle: the Messiah exiled -- London: dissemination and magnitude of the movement in the Eurasian world -- Edirne: the Messiah convicted -- Spain and Portuguese: the Marrano impact on the movement -- Sultan's palace: become a Muslim or prepare to die! -- Chapt III: From a global movement to an Ottoman sect: the birth of a Crypto-Messianic community -- A new Muslim in the Ottoman world -- Living and schooling at the Pharaoh's palace -- Self-perception of the Messiah and the mystery of the Godhead -- The early Messianic community -- The exiled Messiah -- The dead Messiah? -- Chapt IV: Authority, authenticity, and leadership: failed prophecy and the emergence of post-Messianic sects in the Ottoman empire and Eastern Europe -- The birth of a post-Messianic community: Yakubis -- Jewish Sabbateans among the Donmes -- Nathan of Gaza and the Lurianic Kabbala -- Miguel Cardozo and the theology of "second coming" -- The rekindling of Messianic expectations -- A growing community: individual conversions vs. mass conversions -- A new authority: Karakas -- A new authenticity: Kapancis -- Chapt V: Politics of Crypto and hybrid identities among the Jews, Christians and Muslims -- Naming hybrid Jewish and Ottoman Communit(ies) -- European connections: the Karakas and the Polish Crypto-Jewish Frankists -- Donmes among the Jews, Christians and Muslims -- Christian missionaries discover the Donmes -- Ottoman officials discover the Donmes -- Chapt VI: Religious beliefs and practices in parallel space and time -- The eighteen commandments as a Kabbalistic constitution -- The Credo and abolition of ceremonial law -- Language and liturgy -- Religious calendar and festivals -- Crypto-self government and its institutions -- Birth, circumcision, genealogy and marriage -- Homes and neighborhoods -- Charity and the community chest -- Administrative committees and communal houses -- Worship houses and temples -- Courts -- Death, burial and cemeteries -- Chapt VII: The experience of modernity: the emergence of Orthodox, Reformist and liberal Donmes -- Modern schools and the rise of a new generation -- Salonica and internationalization of the Donmes -- Alternative brotherhoods: Donmes as Sufis and freemasons -- From Salonica to Empire: Donmes as revolutionary young Turks -- Between tradition and modernity -- Farewell to the Salonica Golden Age -- Chapt VIII: From Empire to nation-state: resettlement in modern Turkey -- The Donme alteneuland: Turkey Donmes as the founding elite of the modern Turkey and Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) -- New "ideal" citizens and Crypto-identities -- Repositioning in a nation-state: Mustafa Kemal's "bomb of enlightenment" and the Karakas Rustu Affair -- Silencing the Donmes: beginning of an End? -- Conclusion: Passion for the waiting.
Summary This is the first comprehensive social and religious history of the Sabbatean movement from its birth in the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century to the Republic of Turkey in the first half of the twentieth century. Initiated by a Jewish 'messiah', Sabbatai Sevi (1626-1676), the movement became an influential historical event, in terms of its rapid dissemination and widespread impact, combining Jewish, Islamic, and Christian religious and social elements in the early modern Eurasian world.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 25, 2015).
ISBN 9780190244064 (electronic bk.)
0190244062 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 911616905
Additional Format Print version: Sisman, Cengiz. Burden of Silence : Sabbatai Sevi and the Evolution of the Ottoman-Turkish Donmes. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015 9780190244057

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