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Sultanic saviors and tolerant Turks: writing Ottoman Jewish history, denying the Armenian genocide

Baer, Marc David (2020) Sultanic saviors and tolerant Turks: writing Ottoman Jewish history, denying the Armenian genocide. Indiana Series in Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, US. ISBN 9780253045416

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Abstract

hat compels Jews in the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and abroad to promote a positive image of Ottomans and Turks while they deny the Armenian genocide and the existence of antisemitism in Turkey? Based on historical narrative, the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 were embraced by the Ottoman Empire and then, later, protected from the Nazis during WWII. If we believe that Turks and Jews have lived in harmony for so long, then how can we believe that the Turks could have committed genocide against the Armenians? Marc David Baer confronts these convictions and circumstances to reflect on what moral responsibility the descendants of the victims of one genocide have to the descendants of victims of another. Baer delves into the history of Muslim-Jewish relations in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey to find the origin of these many tangled truths. He aims to bring about reconciliation between Jews, Muslims, and Christians, not only to face inconvenient historical facts but to confront it and come to terms. By looking at the complexities of interreligious relations, Holocaust denial, genocide and ethnic cleansing, and confronting some long-standing historical stereotypes, Baer sets out to tell a new history that goes against Turkish antisemitism and admits to the Armenian genocide.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?pr...
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
J Political Science > JZ International relations
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 16:12
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2019 00:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102730

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