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Duwayk, Jacob Saul

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Duwayk (Dweck, Dwek, Duek, Douek, Doweck, Dowek) Family Norman A. Stillman

Sābāwī Yūnis al-

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Farhūd Norman A. Stillman

Executive Editor's Introduction

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Why an Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World? Until the middle of the twentieth century, over a million Jews lived in the Islamic world, some 800,000 of them in the Arab countries. Some of these Jewish communities were very ancient, as in Iraq and Iran, where there had been a Jewish presence since the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian Exile in the sixth century B.C.E. In most other Midd…

Raphael Hayyim Moses

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Ben Nāʾīm Family Norman A. Stillman

Assaka

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Sous Norman A. Stillman

Sao Pãulo

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Brazil Norman A. Stillman

Midelt

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Atlas Mountains (Morocco) Norman A. Stillman

Izhakova, Barno

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Music Norman A. Stillman

Megorashim

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Toshavim Norman A. Stillman

Alexandria

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Author(s): Miriam Frenkel | Norman A. Stillman | Tomer Levi
1. Medieval Alexandria (Ar. al-Iskandariyya), on the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the western edge of the Nile Delta, is the principal port city of Egypt and was the capital until the Arab conquest, when it was replaced by Fustat.  There was a substantial Jewish community in the city from the third century B.C.E.  (According to Josephus, Jews already settled there at the time of Alexander's founding of the city.)  Alexandria became the principal center of Hellenistic Jewish culture in Antiquity.  It was there that the Bible was translated into Greek (the Septuagint), and it was the home of the Jewish philosopher, Philo. The Early Islamic Period  The early Arab chronicler Ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥakam (d. 871) records that the city had a large and active Jewish community of forty thousand at the time of the Muslim occupation in 642. ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ, the Muslim conqueror of the city, reported that about seventy thousand Jews lived there and paid the poll tax. Other sources mention 300,000 Je…

Ibn Yuli, Elijah ha-Levi

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Elijah ha-Levi, born in the late 1730s or early 1740s, belonged to a distinguished Moroccan family of merchants, scholars and court Jews, and he himself was one of the most powerful Jewish retainers (Ar. aṣḥāb al-sulṭān) of the Alawid sultan Sīdī Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh (r. 1757–1790). His father,  Judah, was a prosperous merchant in Rabat-Salé and shaykh (nagid) of its Jewish community. Like his father, Elijah was one of the so-called sultan's merchants (Ar. tujjār al-sulṭān), not only conducting business on the rul…

Anusim

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Mashhad Norman A. Stillman

Stillman, Yedida Kalfon

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Yedida Kalfon Stillman (née Messodi Khalfon-Poney), world-renowned scholar of Islamic and Jewish culture, was born in the mellah of Fez, Morocco, on April 8, 1946. At age five, she immigrated to Israel with her large family, spending the first two years in a transit camp ( maʿabara) tent. The family hebraicized her name to Yedida. She grew up i…

Sharḥ (pl. Shurūḥ)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Bible Translations Norman A. Stillman

Ṣayraf

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Banking (Modern Period) Norman A. Stillman

Hayatizâde Mustafa Efendi

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Abravanel, Moses ben Raphael Norman A. Stillman

Massa

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Sous Norman A. Stillman

Shayk al-yahud

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Nagid Norman A. Stillman

Henna

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Clothing, Jewelry and Make-up; Marriage Norman A. Stillman

Anqāwa (Al-Naqawa), Raphael

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Raphael ben Mordechai Anqāwa (Raphaël Encaoua and also Ankaoua in the usual French transcription) was a leading Moroccan halakhic authority. The scion of a distinguished Sephardi rabbinical family, he was born in Salé in 1848. He was a pupil of Issachar Assaraf, the chief rabbi of Salé, whose daughter he married. At the relatively young age of thirty-two, he was appointed dayyan in Salé. His reputation for judicial acumen sp…
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