This book focuses on central topics, such as the structure of the Jewish community, its organization and institutions and its relations with the state; the place Jews occupied in the Ottoman economy and their interactions with the general society; Jewish scholarship and its contribution to Ottoman and Turkish culture, science, and medicine. Written by leading scholars from Israel, Turkey, Europe, and the United States, these pieces present an unusually broad historical canvas that brings together different perspectives and viewpoints. The book is a major, original contribution to Jewish history as well as to Turkish, Balkan, and Middle East studies.
Avigdor Levy is professor of Near Eastern and Judaic studies and director of the graduate program in Middle East studies at Brandeis University. He is the author and coauthor of several books on Ottoman and modern Middle East history, including The Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire.