Tokat
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Tokat is a town in northern Anatolia, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of Ankara. The town was captured by the Ottomans in 1399 and made part of the Sivas province. During the Ottoman period, the town was a major center of the transit trade between Europe and Asia, and specialized in silk production, textile dyeing, and metalworking, particularly copper. Sephardi Jews settled there from the late fifteenth century, but were registered by the Ottoman authorities in the tax-books of the neighboring old Jewish community of Amasya. In the mid-sixteenth century, the Jews of Tokat …

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Onur Yildirim, “Tokat”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 18 August 2017
First published online: 2010



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