Blond, tall, with honey-colored eyes: Jewish ownership of slaves in the Ottoman Empire

  title={Blond, tall, with honey-colored eyes: Jewish ownership of slaves in the Ottoman Empire},
  author={Yaron Ben-Naeh},
  journal={Jewish History},
  • Y. Ben-Naeh
  • Published 28 November 2006
  • History
  • Jewish History
Hundreds of Hebrew written sources, dozens of official decrees, judicial records (sijillat), and reports of European travelers indicate that slaveholding – particularly of females of slavic origin – in Jewish households in the urban centers of the Ottoman Empire was widespread from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. This halachically and legally problematic habit was an unparalleled phenomenon in any other Jewish community in the early modern period. The presence of slaves in Jewish… 
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