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Mixing MusicsTurkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song$
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Maureen Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804780155

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804780155.001.0001

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Staging Harmony, Guarding Community

Staging Harmony, Guarding Community

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Mixing Musics

Maureen Jackson

Stanford University Press

After the mid-1980s, we witness a shift from ongoing visitations and networking between Turkish Jewish and non-Jewish musicians to religious music-making in increasingly security-conscious synagogues regulating the entry of external visitors. Now a multiethnic Ottoman music world is reconstructed annually on stage through ‘tolerance’ concerts, called ‘Living Together,’ shaped by Islamist party politics and including a Maftirim ensemble among its multireligious choirs. By analyzing new divisions in Maftirim performance today – participation in official concerts on the one hand, and on the other, historical practices in secured synagogues – Chapter Four engages with the political and historiographical uses of both inventing traditions and hiding community among Turkish Jews seeking national belonging and communal protection after attacks on Istanbul synagogues in 1986, 1992, and 2003.

Keywords:   security, tolerance, Islamist party, inventing traditions, cultural revival, cultural politics

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