Trabzon (Trebizond)
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Trabzon is a small Turkish city on the southeastern coast of the Black Sea. A point of convergence for the major trade routes between Europe and Central Asia, it was the capital of a Byzantine successor state from 1204 until its capture by the Ottomans in 1461. The Ottomans made it the administrative center of a province with a predominantly Muslim but considerable Greek population. There is no record of a Jewish  presence for most of the Ottoman era. Jewish agents of European merchants occasionally operated in the city after the opening of the Black Sea to the commercial …

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Onur Yildirim, “Trabzon (Trebizond)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 18 August 2017
First published online: 2010



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