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Description - Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture by Matthias B. Lehmann

In this pathbreaking book, Matthias B. Lehmann explores Ottoman Sephardic culture in an era of change through a close study of popularized rabbinic texts written in Ladino, the vernacular language of the Ottoman Jews. This vernacular literature, standing at the crossroads of rabbinic elite and popular cultures and of Hebrew and Ladino discourses, sheds valuable light on the modernization of Sephardic Jewry in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 19th century. By helping to form a Ladino reading public and imparting shape to its values, the authors of this literature negotiated between perpetuating rabbinic tradition and addressing the challenges of modernity. The book offers close readings of works that examine issues such as social inequality, exile and diaspora, gender, secularization, and the clash between scientific and rabbinic knowledge. Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture will be welcomed by scholars of Sephardic as well as European Jewish history, culture, and religion. Matthias B. Lehmann is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253346308
ISBN-10: 0253346304
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Matthias B. Lehmann

Matthias B. Lehmann is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Indiana University.