El Meseret
(460 words)

El Meseret (The Joy) was a Ladino newspaper published in Izmir from 1897 to 1922. Aleksander Ben Giat was its editor-in-chief. Until 1900, its owner and director was a Muslim, Mehmet Hulussi. In its first issue, Ben Ghiat expressed his hope that the paper would serve as an interpreter between the Jewish community and the Ottoman authorities. In order to promote this program, El Meseret printed its first page in Turkish for some time. A regular issue had eight pages. The paper was closed by censors between the end of 1899 and mid-May 1900.

Initially a weekly, El Meseret later became a dai…

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Julia Phillips Cohen and Olga Borovaya, “El Meseret”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0007100>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 2656



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