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In the the Lands of Sultans, Kings, and Pharaohs: The Jewish Odyssey in Three Islamic Realms (Part 1 – In the Land of Sultans)

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

Embark on a journey through time, tracing the unique trajectory of Jewish life in the imposing shadow of the Ottoman Empire. Navigating the backdrop of this extraordinary historical tapestry, examine how a community, expelled from one empire—Spain—, found refuge and reinvented itself under another—Ottoman. In a period of great transformation, the Jewish community managed to flourish amidst the grandeur and authority of the Sultans. You will delve into the intricacies of this journey, investigating how the Jews fostered a distinctive cultural and social identity within the framework of this Islamic empire. Unpack tales of survival and endurance, stories of unprecedented growth and contributions to the Ottoman society. This series will shine a light on an era characterized by a remarkable synthesis of religious diversity and cultural intermingling. It will bring into focus the unique Ottoman Jewish experience that resonates with a profound legacy of tolerance, coexistence, and resilience.”

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