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Ben Nāʾīm, Raphael Ḥayyim Moses

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

Cyrenaica

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

Ṣayraf

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

Muqaddam

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
The Arabic title muqaddam (lit. person placed at the head, i.e., appointee) was used in various parts of the Islamic world from the Middle Ages up to early modern times for the designated head of the Jewish community in a city or country. The functions of the office differed with time and place. Originally, it included religious and temporal leadership, but in later times it was exclusively temporal. In the Maghreb, it was often synonymous with the titles nagid, shaykh al-yahūd, and qāʾid al-Yahūd. 1.    Middle Ages In the documents from the Cairo Geniza, the term muqaddam is fluid and app…

Duwayk, Avraham Ezra

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

Sidi Rahhal

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

Prostitution

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Although prostitution has existed in every age, prostitution was apparently a rare phenomenon among the Jews of the Islamic world prior to modern times except in periods of great socioeconomic decline and the breakdown of communal discipline. 1. The Middle Ages References to prostitution are extremely rare in the Cairo Geniza documents and in most medieval sources, and in many cases it is impossible to distinguish whether the reference is to professional prostitution or to licentious behavior, since Heb. zenut/Ar. z inā' refer to illicit sex in general. In more than one inst…

London

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Great Britain Norman A. Stillman

Editorial Board

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Stillman, Norman A. is the Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma, and is an internationally recognized authority on the history and culture of the Islamic world and on Sephardi and Oriental Jewry. Professor Stillman received his BA (magna cum laude) and PhD in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles in several languages. His next…

Aït Bougmez

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

Qāʾid al-Yahūd

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

Babovitch, Tuvia

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

Muḥammad Riḍā('ῑ) “Jadῑd al-Islam”

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Iqāmat al-Shuhūd fῑ Radd al-Yahūd Norman A. Stillman

Muslim writers on Judaism

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Polemics (general) Norman A. Stillman

Forced Conversion

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

Aït Bou Oulli

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

Forasteros

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

Manchester

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Great Britain Norman A. Stillman

Tinghir

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

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 ruler’s behalf, but also acting as an intermediary with foreign consuls…
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