Feldman Samet

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Between Tradition and Revolution: Sabbatian Cultural Expressions of Ottoman Modernity


Hadar Feldman Samet researches the lives and texts of the Sabbatean Ma’aminim, their syncretic religion, and the development of Sabbateanism. She works with a codex of approximately a thousand 18th- and 19th-century mystical and messianic liturgical poems, written in Ladino, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ottoman-Turkish. Hoping to complete a systematic analysis of the codex, she sees her work as providing a case study for intercultural relations in early modern Europe and Ottoman cultures.

Samet completed her PhD at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a dissertation titled “The Hymns of the Sabbatian Ma’aminim in Their Ottoman Cultural Context.” She previously participated in the Summer School program at the Katz Center.

Selected publications

  • “Ottoman Songs in Sabbatian Manuscripts: A Cross Cultural Perspective on the Inner Sources of the Ma’aminim,” Jewish Quarterly Review (forthcoming)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.