A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson

By Paul Johnson

A countrywide bestseller, this wonderful 4000 yr survey covers not just Jewish historical past yet he impression of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the global. by means of the writer of Modern instances: the realm From the Twenties to the Eighties.

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The registers contain similar and contemporary orders from the sultan to various provincial governors in Anatolia, to send peasants and nomads to Cyprus to raise crops and tend herds. All this was part of a general Ottoman policy of transferring reliable elements—by invitation if possible, but by compulsion if not—into a newly conquered territory. The function of the Spanish Jews in Buda was the same as that of the Safed Jews in Cyprus and of others sent to newly conquered cities: to provide the Otto- 44 Cultures in Conflict man governor with an economically active and politically reliable element.

The rest— twenty-four men and one woman—were consigned to the secular arm and then strangled and burned. 12 The Jews who settled in the Ottoman lands were by far the largest group of those who had fled from Spain and Portugal. They were also the largest single group among the many refugees from Europe who fled to Turkey, including Jews from other European countries, as well as Christians fleeing from persecution as schismatics or heretics. In the case of the Jews, there is, in addition, serious evidence that their arrival was not merely permitted, but actively encouraged and even helped by the Turkish authorities.

It is this musket, which even if a woman were to fire it, she could hold up so many men. Had we chosen to use this weapon, you would not have preceded us in its use. But we are people who do not discard the sunna of our Prophet Muhammad, which is the jihad in the path of God, with sword and lance. . 7 Only the Ottomans among Muslim states made full and effective use of musketry and artillery, but even they, as Ibn Zunbul had noted, were dependent on Western technology and, to an increasing extent, relied on Western renegades and mercenaries to equip and direct their artillery.

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