Tobias the Ottoman: Tobias Cohen as an Ottoman Physician

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The article discusses Jewish physicians practicing in the Ottoman Empire from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It examines physician Tobias Cohen and his Ottoman patron Rami Mehmet Paşa. The author compares Cohen's experiences to those of Jewish physicians Moses Hamon, Rabbi Refael Mordekbai Malki, and Mikhail. The article considers the physicians' origins and training and compares Ottoman treatment of Jewish and Muslim doctors. Other physicians discussed include Salih bin Nasrallah Ibn Sallum and Mustafa Feyzi Hayatizade, a convert from Judaism to Islam.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-66
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2010


  • Jewish physicians
  • Jews
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Muslim physicians
  • Muslim converts from Judaism
  • Jewish history
  • History
  • Turkey
  • Cohen, Tobias
  • Hamon, Moses
  • Malki, Raphael Mordekhai


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