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Aciman (Acıman, Adjiman) Family
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The Acimans (Adjimans) were a family of Sephardi bankers and diplomats who attained great importance in the Ottoman Empire, especially during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The family settled in Turkey after the expulsion from Spain in 1492 and was part of the Sephardi elite, also including the Camondo and Gabbai families, that rose to prominence in the Ottoman world. Acimans served at the Ottoman court as financial consultants to the sultan and as merchants or bankers for the Janissaries (Ocak Bâzergânı or Ocak Sarrâfı). Working with the royal elite had its risks. In…

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Cengiz Sisman, “Aciman (Acıman, Adjiman) Family”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0000660>
First published online: 2010

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