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Emissaries from the Holy LandThe Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Century$
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Matthias B. Lehmann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789653

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789653.001.0001

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Network of Beneficence

Network of Beneficence

(p.15) One Network of Beneficence
Emissaries from the Holy Land

Matthias B. Lehmann

Stanford University Press

This chapter focuses on the philanthropic network created in the eighteenth century by the Istanbul Jewish elite to provide support for the Jews in Ottoman Palestine. After looking at some seventeenth-century precedents, the chapter explores the circumstances under which the Istanbul-centered network came into existence and describes its structure and logistics. The chapter focuses on problems and tensions that emerged in the interaction between Istanbul and the communities in Palestine, and the problem of establishing trust and maintaining lines of communication in a network spanning a large geographic area. The chapter also situates the network in its Ottoman context and the context of parallel, commercial networks.

Keywords:   Jewish elites in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire, Jerusalem, network, trust, communication, early modern commerce, bills of exchange

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