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The Burden of Silence: Sabbatai Sevi and the Evolution of the Ottoman-Turkish Donmes

Cengiz Sisman


This book presents a social and religious history of the Sabbatean movement from its birth in the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century to the Republic of Turkey in the first half of the twentieth century. Initiated by a Jewish “messiah,” Sabbatai Sevi (1626–1676), the movement became an influential historical event, in terms of its rapid dissemination and widespread impact, combining Jewish, Islamic, and Christian religious and social elements in the early modern Eurasian world. When Ottoman authorities forced Sevi to convert to Islam in 1666, his followers formed a messianic crypto Judeo ... More

Keywords: Sabbatai Sevi, messianism, Dönme, Dönme Kabbala, modernity, Salonica, Ottoman Empire, Turkey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190244057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190244057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cengiz Sisman, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Houston-Clear Lake