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Shirot ve-Tishbaḥot (Dönme Hymns)
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Shirot ve Tishbahot (Heb. Songs and Praises) is the common term used to refer to devotional songs of the Sabbatean Ma’aminim (Heb. Believers/Faithful) – known as the Dönme (Turk. Turncoats) – the disciples of the Jewish messianic pretender Shabbetay Ṣevi (1626–1676). In the years after the latter’s conversion to Islam in 1666, his adherents also embraced Islam and created clandestine messianic communities of converts. Devotional singing was a dominant practice of the Ma’aminim and their song corpus reflects their unique integration o…

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Hadar Feldman Samet, “Shirot ve-Tishbaḥot (Dönme Hymns)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000836>
First published online: 2020

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