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Urban Encounters: The Muslim-Jewish Case in the Ottoman Empire

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This chapter describes a longue durée, extending from the late Suleymanic age in the mid-16th century to the early 19th, before the great changes of the modern period. The Ottoman world encompassed vast territories in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. At its peak, the Danube was its northern border in Europe, Tunisia its western strongpoint, the Caucasus and Iraq its border in Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula its boundary in the south. From the mid-16th century, continuous changes and developments shaped the character of Ottoman Jewry anew. The Jews in the Ottoman Empire underwent processes of mingling and mutual assimilation between members of different kahals. Ottoman culture exerted an influence on the Jews' way of life, the language they spoke, their folk beliefs, ideals, mentality, and norms, and even on their religious practices.

Keywords: Europe; Islam; Jews; Ottoman culture; Ottoman Empire

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