Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World Online (EJIW) is the first cohesive and discreet reference work which covers the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World Online is updated with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material. 

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Author(s): Jessica Marglin
Tetouan (Tétouan, Tétuan; Ar. Tiṭwān, Berb. Tīṭṭāwīn) is a port town on the Mediterranean coast of northern Morocco at the mouth of the Martil River on the slopes of the Jabal al-Darsa, part of the Rif mountain chain. 1. History Although it is believed to be built near the site of the ancient Roman city of Tamuda, very little is known about the city of  Tetouan or its Jewish community until after the expulsion from Spain in 1492. The city was destroyed either by the Spaniards in 1400 or by the Portuguese in 1437, and was abandoned until 1493, when it was rebuilt by Muslim refugees from Granada, led by  …

Textile Manufacture and Trade

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Author(s): Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky
Textiles of various kinds were manufactured and used throughout the Muslim world in the Middle Ages. As S. D. Goitein observed: “Comparable to the place of steel and other metals in modern economy, textiles represented the major industry of medieval times in the Mediterranean area” (p. 101). According to information found in the Cairo Geniza, many Jews in Egypt were in the business of exporting locally grown flax to Tunisia and Sicily for use in the production of linen and of importing and selling silk and cotton (primarily from Central Asia, but …
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