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Saʿīd ibn Ḥasan al-Iskandarī (al-Iskandarānī)
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Saʿīd ibn Ḥasan was a Muslim polemicist against Judaism and the Bible who lived in the late thirteenth and first half of the fourteenth century. He was born into a Jewish family in Alexandria and was taught the Hebrew Scriptures in childhood by his father. By his own account, both his father and he were “Jewish scholars” (min ʿulamāʾ banī Isrāʾīl). Saʿīd accepted Islam in his hometown in the second half of May 1298, at a time when a certain Ibn al-Muwaffaq was a preacher in the local mosque. After his conversion, Saʿīd took up residence in Damascus. He presumably also sojourned in Cairo and trave…

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Dennis Halft, “Saʿīd ibn Ḥasan al-Iskandarī (al-Iskandarānī)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000757>
First published online: 2015



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