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5. Between Two Worlds: Education and Acculturation of Ottoman Jewish Women

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This chapter is based on numerous primary archival sources dealing with Libya, complemented with published contemporaneous sources and new studies related to all regions of the Empire. It examines the extent to which gender relations and the position of women in Ottoman Jewry changed toward the end of the Ottoman period, namely, from the midnineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, and what forces were involved in these processes. The education of Ottoman Jewish women was part of a process of change or, to be more precise, several intertwined processes of change not limited to individual women but also affecting others around them. An important initiative in Jewish female education, mainly in Palestine and Turkey, was that undertaken by the German Jewish educational and philanthropic organization Hilfsverein der deutschen Juden (HV), which emphasized German language and culture.

Keywords:culture; female education; foreign schools; Jewish women; Libya; Ottoman



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