Japheth ben Eli ha-Levi, known also by his Arabic name as Abū ʿAlī Ḥasan ibn ʿAlī ʾl-Lāwī ʾl-Baṣrī, was apparently of eastern origin, as were many of the Jerusalem Karaites of his day. As suggested by his nisba (relational suffix), he may have been from the city of Basra in southeastern Iraq. It is possible that his full first name was Saʿīd Japheth, because that is how he is once referred to by his son Levi (Abū Saʿīd) ben Japheth.
Japheth (Abū ‘Alī Ḥasan) ben Eli(1,608 words)
Cite this pageMichael G. Wechsler, “Japheth (Abū ‘Alī Ḥasan) ben Eli”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0022290>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 3512
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