An Example of Ottoman Multiculturalism: The Judeo-Spanish of Izak Gabay

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The Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire developed a Judeo-Spanish koine by getting in touch with other languages – particularly Turkish – as a means of interaction between different cultures. This paper aims to focus on the linguistic multiculturalism – specifically loanwords – employed in the book Yildiz i sus sekretos: el reyno de Abdul Hamid (Yıldız [Palace] and Its Secrets: The Kingdom of Abdülhamit). The book was published in Istanbul in 1909 by Izak Gabay, one of the most important Sephardic intellectuals of the time.

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