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Wallach, Yair (2024) 'The Unexplored History of Ashkenazi Integration in Late Ottoman Palestine.' Jewish Social Studies, 29 (1). pp. 161-192.

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To what extent did Ashkenazi Jews integrate and acculturate into the local society, culture, and politics of late Ottoman Palestine? This question has been almost entirely ignored by the voluminous scholarship on the migration of Jews from central and eastern Europe to Palestine. This article challenges the widely held assumption that such integration was nonexistent and impossible. Building on recent work on Ashkenazi adoption of Arab clothes, Arabic language, and urban encounters and cohabitation, I argue that Ashkenazi integration in Ottoman Palestine was a very real process, which took on significant dimensions. I focus on civic participation and local politics, military service in the Ottoman army, and deep economic interdependence. Integration was uneven and did not follow a single pathway; rather, there were diverse avenues of integration through Jewish Sephardi society, the Arab elite, Ottoman institutions, and more.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 00216704
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 17:31
Related URLs: https://muse.jh ... /article/923500 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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