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"Jews, Be Ottomans!" Zionism, Ottomanism, and Ottomanisation in the Hebrew-Language Press, 1890-1914

"Jews, Be Ottomans!" Zionism, Ottomanism, and Ottomanisation in the Hebrew-Language Press, 1890-1914

Talbot, Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-7198-1422 (2016) "Jews, Be Ottomans!" Zionism, Ottomanism, and Ottomanisation in the Hebrew-Language Press, 1890-1914. Die Welt des Islams, 56 (3/4). pp. 359-387. ISSN 0043-2539 (Print), 1570-0607 (Online) (doi:

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In recent years the study of national and civic identities in the later Ottoman period has revealed huge degrees of complexity among previously homogenised groups, none more so that the Jewish population of the Sublime State. Those Jews who moved to the Ottoman Empire from the 1880s as part of a burgeoning expression of Jewish nationalism developed a complex relationship with an Ottomanist identity that requires further consideration. Through an examination of the Hebrew-language press in Palestine run largely by immigrant Zionist Jews, complemented by the archival records of the Ottoman state and parliament, this paper aims to show the complexities of the engagement between Ottoman and Jewish national identities. The development of Jewish nationalism by largely foreign Jews came with an increase in suspicion from the Ottoman elites, sometimes manifesting in outright anti-Semitism, and strong expressions of nationalism in the Hebrew press were denounced both by Ottoman and non- and anti-nationalist Jewish populations. The controversy over immigrant Jewish land purchases in Palestine from the 1890s led to a number of discussions over how far foreign Jews could and should embrace an Ottoman cultural and political identity, with cultural, labour, and political Zionists taking different positions. The question of Ottomanisation should also be taken in the context of the post-1908 political landscape in the Ottoman Empire, with separatist nationalisms increasingly under the spotlight, and the debates among the different forms of Jewish nationalism increasingly focusing on the limits of performative and civic Ottoman nationalism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zionism; Ottomanism; Ottoman Palestine; Hebrew-language press
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 00:52
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
Selected for REF2021: REF 2

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