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Salé

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Rabat-Salé Norman A. Stillman

Cairo Riots (1945, 1948)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Egyptian Riots (1945, 1947) Norman A. Stillman

Anusim

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

Agdz

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
SeeDra’a Norman A. Stillman Bibliography n

Hekim Yakub

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Jacopo of Gaeta (Hekim Yakub) Norman A. Stillman

LISCA (La Ligue Internationale Scolaire contre l'Antisémitisme)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see LICA (La Ligue Internationale contre l'Antisémitisme Allemand) 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 in the overcrowded, prefabricated housing of the Katamonim section of Jerusalem, a neighborhood overwhelmingly populated by Jews from Arab countries. There she developed her talent for languages, picking up more than a s…

Seleqṣeya

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
In mid-1951, the young and struggling State of Israel adopted a policy of selective immigration (Heb. seleqṣiya) that placed severe restrictions upon poor Moroccan Jews who were unable to pay their for their own immigration, had no family breadwinner accompanying them, or had a family member in need of medical care. Under the new policy, the Jewish Agency accepted for ʿ aliya only families accompanied by a healthy breadwinner between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. The policy also applied to Jews from Tunisia, albeit to a lesser extent. There were two primary rationales for th…

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…

Massa

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

Cohen

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Kohen and Hacohen Norman A. Stillman

Madrid

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

Skikda

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Philippeville (Skikda) Norman A. Stillman

Ibn Luṭf, Bābāī

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Bābāī ben Luṭf Norman A. Stillman

Anti-Judaism and Judaism in medieval Islam

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

Filibe

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Plovdiv (Filibe) Norman A. Stillman

Bitola

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Monastir (Bitola, Manastir) Norman A. Stillman

Yunus Nadi

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Nadi, Yunus Norman A. Stillman

Cave Sect

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Maghāriyya, al- (The Cave Sect) Norman A. Stillman

Pallache, Samuel b. Isaac I

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Pallache Family Norman A. Stillman

El Fassia, Zohra

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

Club National Israélite (Beirut and Damascus)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Although preceded by a number of Jewish cultural and youth organizations with a modern Hebrew and Zionist orientation in the cities of Greater Syria (e.g., the Maccabee League, the Kadima Club, and the Hebrew National Schools for Boys and Girls), the Club National Israélite (Ar. al-Nādī al-Qawmī al-Isrā'īlī) was the first self-described Syro-Lebanese Zionist organization. It was founded on June 3, 1924 by Toufic (Tawfīq) Mizrahi, a journalist and advertising agent, in cooperation with former chief rabbi Salomon Tagger in Beirut and seven provisionary committee members in…

Dades

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

Florida

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see United States of America Norman A. Stillman

Assaka

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

Ben Nūrīʾel, Bābāʾī

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Bābāʾī ben Nūrīʾel Norman A. Stillman

Henna

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

La Esperanza

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see La Buena Esperansa, Izmir, 1874-1917, La Buena Esperansa, Izmir, 1842 Norman A. Stillman

Milan

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

Beni Hayoun

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Dra’a Norman A. Stillman Bibliography : S

Great Britain

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see United Kingdom Norman A. Stillman

Karasu

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

Seattle

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see United States of America Norman A. Stillman

Manastir

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Monastir (Bitola, Manastir) Norman A. Stillman

Mendes, Alvaro

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Ben Yaʿesh (also Ibn Yaʿish or Abenæs), Solomon Norman A. Stillman

Yosef ben Isaac Ben Nayim

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

Rav ha-Kolel

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Hakham Bashi (Chief Rabbi) Norman A. Stillman

Sābāwī Yūnis al-

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

Ezekiel's Tomb (al-Kifl)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
The traditional tomb of the biblical prophet Ezekiel is situated in the village of al-Kifl (coll. Ir. Ar. al-Chifl) on the Euphrates River, 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of the town of Hilla in central Iraq. The name of the town is from Ezekiel’s epithet of Dhū ʾl-Kifl (the Guarantor) in Islamic lore (Ezekiel, Ar. Ḥizqīl, is not mentioned in the Qurʾān). The first known mention of the tomb is in the Epistle of Sherira Gaon ( Iggeret Rav Sherira Gaʾon) in the tenth century. Benjamin of Tudela visited the shrine around 1170 (Adler ed., pp. 67-68). His account notes that “people come f rom a distanc…

Mahdiyya, al-

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Al-Mahdiyya is a coastal city in present-day Tunisia, 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Tunis, founded by the first Fatimid caliph, ʿUbayd Allāh al-Mahdī (r. 909–934), to be his capital in place of Qayrawan. The establishment of a capital on the coast represented a singular break with Islamic tradition, which since the time of the conquests in the seventh century was to build new urban administrative centers inland away from the Byzantine Sea (as the Mediterranean was called). Al-Mahdiyya did not replace Qayrawan …

Tujjār al-Sultān

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Essaouira (Mogador); Morocco Norman A. Stillman

Blood libels

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Anti-Judaism/Antisemitism/Anti-Zionism; Damascus Affair (1840) Norman A. Stillman

Sharḥ (pl. Shurūḥ)

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

Maqāma (- āt) (poetic form)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Music, al-Ḥarīzī, Judah ben Solomon (c. 1166-1225) Norman A. Stillman

Ḥoter b. Solomon

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Dhamārī, Manṣūr Sulaymān (Ḥoter ben Solomon) Norman A. Stillman

Alroy, David

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Rūjī, Solomon and Menahem, al Norman A. Stillman

Bougie

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Béjaïa (Bougie, Bijāya) Norman A. Stillman

Contributor Biographies. Contributors

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Abdar, Carmella PhD Among her main areas of expertise are folk art and material culture of Yemenite Jews, mainly rural communities. She has published several articles: “The dress code as an expression of ethno-religious status of the Jews”; “The Habbanic bride’s dress in 1950s in Israel—a bridge between past and present”; “The Yemenite jewelry and the myth of antiquity” She wrote the book Weaving a Story [Hebrew, 1999] about a village in Yemen and edited the book Maʾase Rokem: Dress and Jewelry in…
Date: 2015-09-03

Rome

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

Court Jews

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
As throughout Diaspora history, there were Jews in the Islamic world from the Middle Ages up to and including the modern era who served as officials and retainers at the courts of Muslim rulers. They served in much the same capacities as their coreligionists who served at courts in medieval Western Europe and in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Central Europe as physicians, advisers, bankers, and purveyors of goods and services to the ruler. Like their European counterparts, they often acted as intermediaries (Eur. Heb. shtadlanim) with the authorities on behalf of their br…

Ibn Shortmeqash

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Ibn (al-)Muhājir Norman A. Stillman

New York

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see United States of America Norman A. Stillman

Ibn ʿAṭṭār Judah b. Jacob

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Ben ʿAṭṭār (or Ibn ʿAṭṭār) Family Norman A. Stillman

Tekinalp, Munis

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Kohen, Moise (Tekinalp) Norman A. Stillman

Judeo-Malayalam

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Jewish Malayalam Norman A. Stillman

Abū Naẓẓāra Zarqā' (Abu Naddara) (Cairo)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
See Ṣanūc, Yacqūb Norman A. Stillman

LICA (La Ligue Internationale contre l'Antisémitisme Allemand)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
LICA was the acronym of La Ligue Internationale contre l’Antisémitisme Allemand Formée par Toutes les Oeuvres et Institutions Juives en Egypte. It was founded in April 1933 under the name of La Ligue Contre l’Antisémitisme Allemand Formée par Toutes les Oeuvres et Institutions Juives en Egypte in conjunction with mass protests organized by the B'nai B'rith lodges in Cairo and Alexandria to counter increasing Nazi activity and propaganda in Egypt. The league was headed by a committee of important Jewish public figures. One of the founders was Léon Castro, a lawyer, journalist, and Wafd P…

Duwayk, Shaul

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

Al-Andalus

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Al-Andalus was the Arabic name throughout the Middle Ages for the Iberian Peninsula, including what is today both Spain and Portugal, although with the progress of the Reconquista, the name al-Andalus came to be limited to Muslim-ruled territory, which eventually was only the Nasrid kingdom of Granada. The name al-Andalus (Ar. al-Andalīsh) has been connected to the Vandals, who had given the name Vandalacia to the former Roman province of Baetica. Arabic-speaking Jews used the term, and Moses Maimonides, even years after he had immigrated to Egypt, wo…

Daniel, Jean

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

Hellenistic sources

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Sefer Josippon Norman A. Stillman

Hakham Bashi

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Haham Başı (Chief Rabbi) Norman A. Stillman

Hulli

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Culi (Hulli), Jacob Ben Meir Norman A. Stillman

Ibn ʿAṭṭār, Ḥayyim

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Ben ʿAṭṭār, Ḥayyim Norman A. Stillman

Qalʿat Banī Ḥammād

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Qalʿat Banī Ḥammād (also known as Qalʿat Ḥammād and Qalʿat Abī Ṭawīl) was the capital of the Hammadid dynasty in the Central Maghreb (today Algeria) during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The fortified town, which today lies in ruins, sits in the Maadid Mountains and dominates the Hodna Plain 500 meters (1,640 feet) below. The site was chosen by Ḥammād ibn Buluggīn in 1008 as his stronghold when he broke from the authority of his nephew, the Zirid ruler in Qayrawan, Bādīs ibn al-Manṣūr (r. 996–1016). At first, the population of the town was mainly made up of Ḥammād’s fel…

Majlis

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

Ragusa

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Dubrovnik (Ragusa) Norman A. Stillman

Chief Rabbi

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Hakham Bashi (Chief Rabbi) Norman A. Stillman

Wine

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Food and Drink - Wine and Alcoholic Beverages Norman A. Stillman

Reinette l’Oranaise

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Daoud, Reinette Sultana Norman A. Stillman

Ratti-Menton, Benoît Ulysse-Laurent-François, Count de

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Damascus Affair (1840) Norman A. Stillman

Hayatizâde Mustafa Efendi

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

Onomastics

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
see Names and Naming Practices - Kurdistan Names and Naming Practices - Yemen Norman A. Stillman

Heqdesh (Qodesh, Waqf, Ḥabs)

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman
Charity and social welfare have since ancient times been an integral part of the Jewish communal ethos. Already in biblical times, funds and property could be consecrated to the needs of the Temple (Bet ha-Miqdash) in Jerusalem (e.g., see II Kings 12:5–17; Mishna Temura 7:2, Sheqalim 4:7). The term for dedicated property was heqdesh (consecrated). The Talmud forbade the dedication of heqdesh property in the biblical sense following the destruction of the Temple, since the misappropriation of such property would have constituted sacrilege (Heb. meʿila). But in the Middle Ages bo…

North Africa

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

Turin

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

Nāʾib

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

Abū ʾl-Barakāt al-Baghdādī

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman | Shlomo Pines
1. Life Abū ʾl-Barakāt Hibat Allāh ibn Malkā al-Baghdādī al-Baladī was a physician and philosopher in twelfth-century Iraq. His contemporaries dubbed him “the Singular One of the Age” (Ar. awḥad al-zamān), and some claimed that as a philosopher he had attained the level of Aristotle himself. Born in Balad, near Mosul, around 1077, Abūʾl-Barakāt was one of the foremost Jewish intellectuals of his time. Under his Hebrew name, Baruch ben Melekh, he wrote Bible and Talmud commentaries in Judeo-Arabic, including commentaries on the Book of Ecclesiastes and on tractate Soṭ…

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…

Proverbs

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman | Galit Hasan-Rokem | Ora Schwarzwald
1. Judeo-Arabic As in many traditional cultures, Arabic-speaking Jews drew upon a rich lexicon of proverbs, maxims, and aphorisms in both oral and written expression. These gnomic expressions, in addition to being original creations, derived from a variety of sources. The specifically Jewish sources included biblical and rabbinic literature, and the principal non-Jewish source was the local Arab milieu. Specifically Muslim dicta from the Qur’an and ḥadīth rarely entered Judeo-Arabic usage. Rather,…
Date: 2015-09-03

Interfaith Relations

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Author(s): Norman A. Stillman | Maurits H. van den Boogert
1.   Medieval Period It would be anachronistic to think in contemporary post-Enlightenment terms of interfaith relations in the medieval Islamic world. The modern virtues of social, religious, and political equality would have been totally incomprehensible to anyone living in the Dār al-Islām (Domain of Islam)—or in Byzantium and Latin Christendom, for that matter. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all believed that they had been granted the most perfect of divine dispensations and, whether they had been given te…
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