“Zeal and Noise”: Jewish Imperial Allegiance and the Greco-Ottoman War of 1897

Julia Phillips Cohen

in The Divergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037516
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042107 | DOI:
“Zeal and Noise”: Jewish Imperial Allegiance and the Greco-Ottoman War of 1897

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This chapter elaborates upon Judeo-Muslim interdependence and a sense of common destiny. During the late nineteenth century, Jews constituted the single largest ethno-religious group in Salonica and a smaller but active minority in Izmir. The chapter discusses Ottoman patriotism and loyalty, explaining the motives behind Jewish support for Ottoman Muslims in the context of the empire's war with Greece in 1897, and suggests that many Jews, as an expression of their commitment to the empire, went so far as to identify with Islam itself during this period. This pattern of Jewish allegiance to multilingual and multireligious empires can be found elsewhere and is perhaps most notable in the Hapsburg context. Under the late Ottoman state as well, Jews sometimes even surpassed Muslims in their exuberance for imperial causes.

Keywords: commonalities; Greek Orthodoxy; Turkish Muslims; Ottoman State; Salonica; Izmir; 1897 War; patriotism

Chapter.  9535 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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