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Syrian Jewry in Transition, 1840-1880 (Littman Library of Jewish Civilizati…



This pioneering study offers a comprehensive account of Syria’s key Jewish communities at an important juncture in their history that also throws light on the broader effects of modernization in the Ottoman empire. The Ottoman reforms of the mid-nineteenth century accelerated the process of opening up Syria up to European travellers and traders, and gave Syria’s Jews access to European Jewish communities. The resulting influx of Western ideas led to a decline in the traditional economy, with…


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