A Karakaş Speaks: Interviews With a Member of Turkey's Crypto-Judaic "Dönme" Community

Since the late 20th century, academic interest in the crypto-Judaic group known as the Dönmes has grown and intensified. Most studies resulting from this interest have concentrated on the Dönmes’ place in a world of intersecting identities, and on the nature of their secret religion. In this process, however, narratives by actual members of this community have been few and far-between. This work, based on a series of interviews with a member of the Karakaş group – one of the three main Dönme sects - aims to fill that gap. Complete with introducing chapters on the history of the Dönmes, and in particular the Karakaş group; richly annotated with footnotes that explain local nuances and provide additional resources; this book will appeal both to specialist workers, as well as general readers interested in this curious chapter at the intersection of Ottoman, Judaic and contemporary Turkish history. Previously-unpublished intra-communal religious documents, calendars and partial genealogies of the Karakaş sect are also reproduced in this volume.


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Kitabın Adı:

A Karakaş Speaks: Interviews With a Member of Turkey’s Crypto-Judaic "Dönme" Community

Yazan:
C. Mehmet Kösemen
Dizi Adı:

History: 243

Baskı Adedi:

100

Yayın Yılı:

2018

Sayfa:

148

Ebat:

13,5 x 21 cm.

Kağıt:

Enzo 70 gr.

Kapak:

Mehmet Cevdet Kösemen

Cilt/Kapak:

250 gr. Mat, Amerikan Bristol, 4 renk

ISBN/Barkod:

 978-605-2380-58-1

Fiyat:

150,00 TL

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION

WHO WERE THE DÖNMES?

The Revelations of Sabbatai Sevi

A False Messiah?

The Development of Dönme Traditions

Dönme Life in Salonica

The Dönmes in Turkey

The Dönmes Today

WHO WERE THE KARAKAŞ?

NOTES ON TERMINOLOGY

A Lexicon of Karakaş Religious Terms

THE INTERVIEWS

Appendix: The Eighteen Commandments of Sabbatai Sevi

Appendix: A Karakaş Diagram of the Sfiras from the 1940s

Appendix: Tree Illustration

Appendix: Incomplete Document of Karakaş Elders

Appendix: An Ottoman-Era Family Tree of Karakaş Elders

Appendix: A Contemporary Karakaş Document Explaining the Holy Days of the Year

Appendix: A Contemporary Karakaş Religious Calendar

Appendix: Notable Names from the Karakaş Religious Calendar

INDEX