The descendants of the Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula before their expulsion in 1492 preserved their language (Ladino) and their style of liturgy. Moreover, they defined themselves in terms of the Jewish customs and traditions which had originated in Spain and Portugal. They identified themselves as Sephardi Jews, the descendants of Sepharad (the modern Herbrew word for the Iberian Peninsula, although it first appeared in the Bible and may originally have been a place in Asia Minor associated with exiled Jews). The most prominent group of Sephardi Jews settled in various parts of the Ottoman Empire where they preserved their language, their traditional songs and melodies and their important literature. Nowadays there are Sephardi Jews all over the world .