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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - February 13, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
Week of February 12, 2001
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur,

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1. Query: Vocabulary Questions on Sephardic Ballads (Sezgin)

2. Query: Seeking Sephardic videos (Neulander)

3. Query: Seeking Sephardic videos (Ben-Ur)

4. New Publication: History of Jewish publishing in Ottoman Empire & Turkey (Bali)

5. Ottoman (Osmanlica) Translation Service Available (Alfassa-Marks)

6. Introduction of Michelle Campos to the List (Campos)

7. Introducton of Esti Pastor to the List (Pastor)
1. Query: Vocabulary Questions on Sephardic Ballads (Sezgin)

Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 23:18:25 -0500 (EST)

"Clavedon" is a type of embroidery of heavy, gold threads. You may see it on the old Ottoman wedding dresses of dark velvet with heavy, gold

Some of Steve's words seem to me to be Greek in origin. I'll work on this and get back to him.

Perla Sezgin
[ed: very slight edit]

2. Query: Seeking Sephardic videos (Neulander)

From: judith s neulander <>
Date: Friday, February 9, 2001 12:39 PM

RE: Film "The Last Marranos"

The film can be purchased from the production company, Films d'Ici in
Paris (I don't recall the address). Alternately, there is a copy at the
Brandeis film library, which may run the address of Films d'Ici in the

Judith S. Neulander, The Folklore Institute
Indiana University

3. Query: Seeking Sephardic videos (Ben-Ur)

My thanks to Judith Neulander for this tip. I just contacted Brandeis University and found that they sell a number of Jewish-related videos, including "The Last Marranos", but not "In the Footsteps of the Marranos". They accept credit cards and checks. Their website is:

Aviva Ben-Ur
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

4. New Publication: History of Jewish publishing in Ottoman Empire & Turkey (Bali)

From: Andras Riedlmayer <>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 21:47:35 -0500 (EST)
(cross-posted from H-TURK: H-Net/TSA list for Ottoman and Turkish studies)
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 17:23:41 +0200
From: Rifat Bali <>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Monday, February 12, 2001 6:46 AM

Please note the publication of the following book:

Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in The Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey / Edited by Gad Nassi

Publisher : The Isis Press, Istanbul
fax: 90 - 216 - 321 86 66
email: <>

comprising the following articles:
- Avner Levy "The Jewish press in Turkey"
- Gad Nassi "Synoptic list of Ottoman Turkish Jewish and Sephardic
- Yaron Ben-Na'eh "Hebrew Printing Houses in the Ottoman Empire"
- Gad Nassi "Amplified glossary of book printing"
- Rifat N.Bali " A bibliography of works on journalism and book printing
in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey"

Best regards
R. Bali
5. Ottoman (Osmanlica) Translation Service Available (Alfassa-Marks)

Crossposted from: H-Judaic Newsletter <>
Subject: Ottoman (Osmanlica) Translation (Service)

Ottoman (Osmanlica) Translation Service Available

Sephardic House has entered into an agreement with Eastern Approaches
Books to offer a translation service for old letters and documents writing
in the Ottoman Turkish script, also known as Osmanlica. This was the
language of the Ottoman court and government. Documents were issued in it
as were books. Many were published/written by members of the government,
including civil servants, the military, the courts.

This written script was used in the Ottoman Empire, prior to its
dissolution in 1923. It is the Arabic script and alphabet which includes
several Persian letter innovations to reflect certain sounds (like "p")
not in the Arabic language. Ottoman is an amalgam of Arabic, Persian and
Turkish, with Turkish grammar (generally) serving as the skeleton of the
language. Arabic and Persian words/phrases (and some grammar) were also
tossed in so that the language could be expanded. Osmanlica is no longer
used in Turkey. However many documents and letters survive, which may hold
valuable clues to personal family history and genealogy for researchers.

Through an exclusive agreement we have obtained a discounted fee for
orders placed through Sephardic House. Mr. Michael M. Pixley is the
founder of Eastern Approaches Books which specializes in pre-1950 books on
the Middle East, the Ottoman Empire, Islam, & early regional travel
accounts. He also issues catalogues by appointment.

Mr. Pixley is a retired Foreign Service Officer who has a graduate degree
in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from the University of Washington
and was working on a Ph.D. in Ottoman Studies at the University of Toronto
before joining the Foreign Service in 1977. During his career, he spent 10
years in Turkey, while also serving in London, Vienna and Baghdad. He is
now an antiquarian book specialist concentrating on books pertaining to
the Ottoman Empire, Islam and Central Asia.

Sephardic House was founded in 1978 at Congregation Shearith Israel -- the
historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City to foster all
aspects of Sephardic history and culture. Over the years, it has sponsored
numerous classes, lectures, concerts, art exhibitions, and film festivals.
It has also published and distributed many books of Sephardic content.


Scott Alfassa-Marks
Sephardic House
6. Introduction of Michelle Campos to the List (Campos)

From: Michelle Campos <>
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2001 1:34 AM

[The Discussion List extends a warm welcome to Michelle Campos of Stanford, California.]

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University in Middle Eastern History. My dissertation is entitled : "A 'Shared Homeland' and its Boundaries: Late
Ottoman Palestine between Imperial Commitment and Communal Identification,
1908-1914". I am in Jerusalem now researching and writing.

My areas of interest are: Sephardim and Maghrebim in Eretz-Israel, Ladino, Sephardi/Mizrachi political and cultural worlds in the state of Israel, Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire

I don't have any publications other than a forthcoming book review in the Israel Studies Bulletin.

Michelle Campos
Department of History
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

7. Introducton of Esti Pastor to the List (Pastor)

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2001 12:35 AM

[The Discussion List extends a warm welcome to Esti Pastor]

I am an ethnologist, social and cultural psychologist, folklorist, and historian, focusing on the period 1969-1978, and am also a religion and Bible scholar.

My studies and research on Oriental Jews began in 1969, which included the adjustment plan for newcomers from Arab Lands, the different age groups, and the mentor system set up for study and family adjustment at Haifa University.

The next three research grants included groups from Tunis, Iraq, Morocco and Algiers. During the period I became friends with an Iraqi Jewess. The social aspects were very interesting, and the religious celebrations as well, including my pictures of the events.

My fifth visit and research study in Israel in 1978 was a combination of education and a research group from AJC to Egypt-Syria-Jordan (before Sadat came to Israel). This study was with pictures as well as unusual stories, since one of the escapees was in my own hometown, and I had a chance to interview and help him and his family. I was a part-time translator for our Coordinators and Rabbis, and interesting areas were covered.

My degrees are from Wayne State Univ, SDSU, College of Midrashic and Jewish Studies (Springfield, MI) Oakland Community College, MI. I also have completed certification courses from the University of Michigan, Brandeis University, the University of Judaism, Touro College, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa University.

Esti Pastor MA/MS

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