Amasya
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The town of Amasya in central Anatolia was the birthplace of the Greek historian Strabo (d. 24 B.C.E.). It was captured by the Ottomans in 1389 and made the capital of one of their three principal administrative districts (Turk. beylerbeylik). During the Ottoman period, the town was the seat of Ottoman princes and a stopping place on the Silk Road and other trade routes to the eastern and northeastern parts of the empire as well as to Iran and the Caucasus. It was also center for the manufacture of gold brocade, velvet, and silk fabrics.

A group of Sephardi Jews settled in Amasya in the l…

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Onur Yildirim, “Amasya”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 June 2017
First published online: 2010



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