Battling Neighbors

Julia Phillips Cohen

in Becoming Ottomans

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199340408
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199388882 | DOI:
Battling Neighbors

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As their patriotic project matured, Jewish communal elites came to realize the potentially unsettling consequences that patriotism could entail. Chapter 3 examines this process by exploring Ottoman Jews’ responses to two moments of heightened tension and politicized violence—the massacres of Armenians in Istanbul in 1896 and the Greco-Ottoman War of 1897. It argues that Jewish elites’ strategies of self-representation during this period attest to their ability and willingness to work within a framework of politicized Islam. Because they did so precisely as the relationship between the Sublime Porte and its Armenian and Greek Orthodox citizens grew increasingly strained, however, new rifts developed between Ottoman Jews and their Christian neighbors, some of which would prove long-lasting.

Keywords: Armenian massacres of 1896; Greco-Ottoman War of 1897; politicized violence; Islam; Hamidian Era; civic Ottomanism; Istanbul; Salonica; Izmir; Jews

Chapter.  13277 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History ; History of Religion

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