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Metropolis And Necropolis: The Cultivation Of Social Status Among The Jews Of Istanbul In The 17th And 18th Centuries

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The systematic analysis of vast burial plots enabled to rebuild the social stratification of the society that had built them, it's family trajectories, longevity, age at marriage, number of children per family, attitudes towards children, attitude towards male children as opposed to female children, and attitudes towards the elderly, women, and slaves. This chapter shows that facet of the way the social structure of the living is reflected through the cemetery. It examines how the living used the cemetery as an additional arena to others in which they construct their own world. Qastiel describes at length the influence of the Jews of Istanbul on political life of the Ottoman Empire, and notes that most of its governors and noblemen "are being nominated by the advise of wealthy men, the most distinguished of those who sit first in the kingdom, and these are from four families: Hamon, 'Uziel, Rozales, and Soncino.

Keywords: Istanbul; Ottoman empire; Qastiel; social stratification



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