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By Cengiz Sisman

The Burden of Silence is the 1st monograph on Sabbateanism, an early sleek Ottoman-Jewish messianic stream, tracing it from its beginnings through the 17th century as much as the current day. Initiated by way of the Jewish rabbi Sabbatai Sevi, the circulate mixed Jewish, Islamic, and Christian spiritual and social parts and have become a transnational phenomenon, spreading througout Afro-Euroasia. while Ottoman experts pressured Sevi to transform to Islam in 1666, his fans shaped messianic crypto-Judeo-Islamic sects, Dönmes, which performed a tremendous position within the modernization and secularization of Ottoman and Turkish society and, by means of extension, heart jap society as a whole.

Using Ottoman, Jewish, and ecu resources, Sisman examines the dissemination and evolution of Sabbeateanism in engagement with broader themes similar to worldwide histories, messianism, mysticism, conversion, crypto-identities, modernity, nationalism, and reminiscence. through the use of versatile and a number of identities to stymie exterior interference, the crypto-Jewish Dönmes have been capable of live to tell the tale regardless of persecution from Ottoman professionals, internalizing the Kabbalistic precept of a "burden of silence" in line with which believers maintain their mystery on ache of religious and fabric punishment, for you to maintain their brazenly Muslim and covertly Jewish identities. even supposing Dönmes were more and more leaving behind their spiritual identities and embracing (and bettering) secularism, individualism, and different sleek principles within the Ottoman Empire and sleek Turkey because the 19th century, Sisman asserts that, all through this complete interval, non secular and cultural Dönmes persisted to undertake the "burden of silence" with a purpose to do something about the demanding situations of messianism, modernity, and memory.

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