Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
Dalck and Rose Feith Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Translating Citizenship: Jews and Ottoman Law in the Nineteenth Century


Tamir Karkason is a historian of the Mediterranean Jews between the eighteenth and twentieth century, with an emphasis on the Ottoman Jews and their Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture. His current project examines the dynamics between law and society in the Ottoman reform era, when Jews and other non-Muslims were rapidly integrating into Ottoman society and politics.

Karkason received his PhD in Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has previously held fellowships at Indiana University (Bloomington), Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected publications

  • Home and Away: The Ottoman Jewish Enlightenment in the Nineteenth Century (Ben-Zvi Institute Press, forthcoming)
  • “The Buffer Zone: Ottoman Maskilim and their Austro-Hungarian Counterparts – A Case Study,” Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 17 (2020)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.