Gad Nassi

Recent Publications

“Shabbetaism and the Ottoman Mystical Tradition” in 500 Years in our Heritage

1492-1992, First International Congress on Turkish Jewry organized by MORIT, Beth Hatefusoth. Tel-Aviv, October 1989.
Turkish version of the same paper, "Sabetaycilik ve Osmanli Mistik Gelenegi", Tarih ve Toplum , XVI, 75, Istanbul, March 1990, pp. 143-145.


Secret Muslim Jews Await their Messiah: Shabbetai Tzvi Lives

Moment , XVII, 4, Washington DC, 1992, pp. 42-51.

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At daybreak an octogenarian cautiously approaches the shore of the Bosphorus. He stays only a short time, bending toward the sea, murmuring, then rubbing his face glancing at the sky for the first light of day. He leaves furtively; no one really knows why he has come. The language he uses is incomprehensible to almost all the nine million people who live in Istanbul; not even his grand-children understand it. His deepest secret is the meaning of his utterance : Sabbetay Sevi, asperamos a ti (Shabbetai Tzvi, we wait for you).


The Young Turks Revolution, Sabbateans and the Zionist Connection

Lecture presented at the "Congress on the Idea of Nationhood in the Sephardi Diaspora", Yad Tabenkin, Israel, December 21-23, 1992. Also published in Los Muestros, 12, Brussels, 1993, pp. 20-21.

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Tres Objetos Sabetaistos

Aki Yerushalayim , XXI, 63, Jerusalem, May 2000, pp. 7-13. Also, Three Sabbatean Objects, in Turkish-Jewish Encounters, Ed. Mehmet Tütüncü, Haarlem, 2001, pp. 261-270.


Exploring the Pagan, Jewish and Ottoman Roots of the “Sabbatean Lamb Festival”

Turkish-Jewish Encounters, Ed. Mehmet Tütüncü, Haarlem, 2001, pp. 241-260.

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Meliselda, The Sabbatean Metamorphosis of a Medieval Romance

Los Muestros , 48, Brussels, September 2002, pp. 38-41.
Lecture presented at the "First Historic-Cultural Hispano-Turco-Sephardic Encounter", Ankara, 28-29-30 November, 2005.

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Linking the Sabbatean Spring Festival with Tekufoth

Los Muestros, 60, Brussels, September, 2005, pp. 37-40. Lecture presented at the "Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies" Fifteenth Annual Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, August 7-9, 2005.
"First Historic-Cultural Hispano-Turco-Sephardic Encounter", Ankara, 28-29-30 November, 2005.

Publication in "Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies" website

Sabbatean Messianism was the largest and most momentous messianic movement in Jewish history subsequent to the destruction of the Temple and the Bar Kokhba Revolt.


Sovre la Erensia Sabetaista en Albania

El Amaneser, Istanbul, June 2007.


La Ultima Konfesion de Étienne de La Boétie

AKI YERUSHALAYIM, XXX, 86, Jerusalem, Oktobre 2009, pp. 7-11.

Publication in "Aki Yerushalayim" website

"Perdona te rogo, los pekados de este puevlo… asigun lo perdonates del diya ke se salvo del esklavaje en Ayifto i fin'a muestros diyas…." - Kol Nidre


Iki Gizemci Bizans Hareketi ve Osmanli Tasavvufunun Dogusu (Two Mystical Byzantine Movements and the Birth of Ottoman Mysticism)

Tarih ve Toplum , IXX, 113, Istanbul, March 1993, pp. 40-45.