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Ibn ʿAqnīn, Joseph ben Judah ben Jacob

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Joseph ben Judah ben Jacob Ibn ʿAqnīn was born in Barcelona around the middle of the twelfth century but emigrated to Fez during the Almohad period. Little is known about his personal life. In his commentary on the Song of Songs (fol. 129a), he says that he converted outwardly to Islam, but in the same passage he expresses his desire to leave Fez and openly return to Judaism. It is unknown whether he did so or remained in Fez. While in Fez, Ibn ʿAqnīn became acquainted with Maimonides and wrote a poem on the great sage's departure for Egypt. Maimonides profoundly influenced Ibn ʿAqnīn's work,…

Barcelona

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Barcelona (Ar. Barshilūna) was one of the most important commercial ports on the northeastern coast of Spain during the Middle Ages. There are references to the Jewish community of Barcelona as early as the ninth century, but its history is best documented during the period of the Crown of Aragon. The Arabs ruled the city during the eighth century, but it returned to Christian control in the ninth (801). Although the period of Muslim rule was quite brief -only three generations- there was constant contact with al-Andalus. After the destruction by al-Manṣūr ibn Abī ʿĀmir (Almanzor) in …

Merida

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Merida is one of the most ancient Jewish settlements in Spain. The city is located in the region of Extremadura in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, near the frontier with Portugal. It is a very ancient city, and its foundation dates from the Roman period. Eliyahu Ashtor asserts that Merida was "the most important [Jewish] community of all the western provinces of the peninsula." In Abraham Ibn Da'ud's Sefer ha-Qabbala , it is mentioned as the final destination of a group of exiled "noble Jews from Jerusalem" after the destruction of the Temple by Titus. Acco…

Carmona

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Carmona (Ar. Qarmūna) in southwestern Spain, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Seville, had a flourishing Jewish community in the eleventh century. During the period of the party kings (Ar. mulūk al-ṭawā'if) it was the capital of the small kingdom of the Berber Zenāta tribe, but it lost its independence when annexed by Seville. Like other small taifa states, Carmona was situated in between the great kingdom of Seville and the Berber kingdom of Granada. It survived the hunger for expansion of the ʿAbbādid ruler of Seville, al-Muʿtaḍid, thanks to its alliances with the powerful …

Bargeloni, Isaac ben Reuben, al-

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Rabbi Isaac ben Reuben al-Bargeloni was born in 1043, most probably in Barcelona, as his nisba (attributive name) asserts. According to M. E. Barjau and T. Calders he died in 1113. Documents from the Cairo Geniza describe him as a pupil of Ḥanokh ben Moses, whose lessons he probably attended while a student in Cordova. Al-Bargeloni was dayyan in Denia during the reign of the Slavic taifa king Mujāhid (r. 1014–1044/45). Abraham Ibn Da'ud states in Sefer ha-Qabbala that he was related by marriage to the powerful Ibn Lakhtush family. He was also an ancestor of Naḥmanides, and according to Simeon …

Murcia

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Murcia (Ar. Mursiya) was both an important town in southeastern Iberia and the name of a taifa kingdom. The city was founded by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān II in 825 after he suppressed a revolt in this province. Murcia grew rapidly and became the main city of the region. Arabic sources, like al-Idrīsī and al-ʿUdhrī, praise the fertility of the Murcian orchards, and the abundance and good quality of its products. The taifa kingdom of Murcia included other important cities with Jewish populations, such as Lorca (Ar. Lūrqa) and the port of Cartagena (Ar. Qarṭājanna), which were more ancient than the …

Guadalajara

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Guadalajara (Ar. Wādī al-Ḥijāra) is located 56 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Madrid on the left bank of the Henares River. It is mentioned only sporadically in Arabic sources. The only known mention of the Jewish population of Guadalajara from before 1290 is in a poem that Judah ha-Levi wrote to Joseph ha-Nasi Ibn Ferruziel, also called Cidello, on the occasion of his visit there in the last decade of the eleventh century. According to Haim Beinart, Ibn Ferruziel rescued the Jews of Guadalajara in 1085 when Alfonso VI conquered the city and took them prisoner. Ashtor proposes…

Badajoz

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
The city of Badajoz is situated in western Spain near the Portuguese border. The name Badajoz is well documented in Arabic sources as Baṭalyūs and Baṭalyaws ,  probably an arabization of an earlier Latin name. According to the historiographer Ibn Saʿīd al-Maghribī (1286), quoting Ibn Ḥayyān (d. 1076) in his Kitāb a l-Mughrib fī Ḥulā al-Maghrib, the city was refounded by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Marwān al-Jilīqī during the emirate of ʿAbd Allāh (r. 888-912). It became a breakaway region from Umayyad central authority and was only taken back by Caliph ʿAbd al-Raḥmān III in 930. In the taifa (party …

Girona

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Girona (Ar. Jarunda; Sp. Gerona) was one of the most important medieval cities in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula, strategically situated on the route between Iberia and Provence. Because of its location, it was frequently besieged and changed hands a number of times. The first testimonies of a Jewish community are from the ninth and tenth centuries. In the thirteenth century, under Christian rule, the aljama of Girona became the second-most-important Jewish community in Catalonia…

Niebla

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Niebla (Ar. Labla) is a city in the Spanish province of Huelva situated to the west of Seville. Conquered by Arabs in 712 or 713, it was the seat of the military district of Ḥimṣ and later the administrative center of a kūra (administrative district) of the Gharb al-Andalus under the Umayyads. Niebla became an independent state in 1022 during the disintegration of the caliphate. Its first ruler was Aḥmad ibn Yaḥya al-Yaḥsubī. In 1053–54 this little kingdom, which also included the city of Gibraleón or Jabal al-ʿUyūn, was annexed to the powerful kingdom of Seville by al-Muʿtaḍid. There is no …

Ibn Laṭīf, Isaac

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Isaac ibn Laṭīf (ca. 1210-1280) from Toledo was a Jewish thinker in Christian Spain, well educated in Arabic and philosophy, who combined kabbalistic mysticism with philosophical rationalism. For  kabbalists, he was a gifted philosopher; whereas for philosophers, he was a kabbalist. Seven of Ibn Laṭīf's works are extant, and it is known through quotations that he wrote others. Extant Works Shaʿar ha-Shamayim (The Gate of Heaven) is Ibn Laṭīf's most famous and longest work. It was finished in 1238 and was wrongly ascribed to Abraham ibn Ezra. It is still i…

Jaén

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Jaén (Ar. Jayyān) is an Andalusian city and the capital of the province of  the same name situated on the slopes of the rocky Santa Catalina hills on top of which the Muslim fortress still sits, a reminder of the frontier character of the region. Jaén province is located in northeastern Andalusia, in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Today the region is known for its production of olive oil, but according to Arabic sources, in the early Middle Ages it was renowned as the granary of Cordova. It…

Lorca

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Lorca (Ar. Lūrqa) is located in eastern Iberia to the southwest of the capital city of Murcia. One of the earliest mentions of Lorca during the Muslim penetration of the Iberian Peninsula is found in a capitulation treaty between ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz and the Visigothic ruler of the region, Theodomir (Ar. Tudmīr), who settled in Orihuela. The treaty passes power to the Arabs and cedes seven cities, among them Lorca. Later on, during the taifa period, Lorca was a frontier city disputed by the kingdoms of Valencia, Murcia, Granada, and Almeria. Under the rule of Muḥammad al-Muʿtaṣim (1050-1091) Lo…

Denia

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
The independent taifa kingdom of Denia (Ar. Dāniya ) in the first half of the eleventh century incorporated the Balearic Islands (Ar. al-Jazāʾir) and was founded by the Slavic taifa king Abū al-Jaysh Mujāhid (1010–1013). He actively supported the creation of a center for the study of the Qurʿān in the city of Denia. Like the other taifa kingdoms in the eastern part of the Iberian peninsula, Denia was the final destination of refugee intellectuals fleeing the destruction of Cordova, among them the famous Muslim theologian Ibn Ḥazm. There was probably a Jewish community in Denia before t…

Moses ben Ḥanokh

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Moses ben Ḥanokh is one of the four captive sages in Abraham Ibn Da'ud's twelfth-century Hebrew chronicle Sefer ha-Qabbala (The Book of Tradition). According to this account, the commander of the Umayyad fleet, during the reign of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān III (912-961), captured a ship in the Mediterranean carrying four great Jewish scholars. On his way back to Cordova, the commander sold the sages as slaves to different Jewish communities along the Mediterranean coast. Ḥushiel was sold on the coast of Africa and ended up in Qayrawan; Moses and his son Ḥanokh ben Moses were sold in Cordova; Shemariah…

Moses ben Joseph ha-Levi

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
The biography of the philosopher Moses ben Joseph, also known by his Arabic name, Abū ʿImrān Ibn al-Lawī al-Ishbīlī, remains a mystery. He has been connected to the Abulafia family, but the claim has not yet been proven. His work has survived mainly in extensive quotations by the famous fourteenth-century Judeo-Arabic philosopher Joseph Ibn Abraham Ibn Waqār, who admired him. The quotations are included in Ibn Waqār's Judeo-Arabic treatise Al-Maqāla al-Jāmiʿa bayn al-Falsafa wa ’l-Sharīʿa, which was translated into Hebrew as Ha-Ma'amar ha-Maskim beyn ha-Filosofiya ve-ha-Torah (T…

Huesca

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
The city of Huesca (Ar. Washqa), in northeastern Spain, lies in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 70 kilometers (40 miles) north of Saragossa, on the frontier of Islamic al-Andalus. During the caliphal period Huesca was occasionally the seat of an independent ruler, and it was also independent for a short time before being absorbed by the powerful taifa kingdom of Saragossa. It had another short period of independence under Lope (Lubb), a son of Sulaymān ibn Hūd, but it was later reunited with the kingdom of the Saragossa Ḥudids. Although there is little information about the Jewish co…

Joseph (Abū 'l-Ḥasan) ben al-Battāt

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Very little is known about the Andalusian poet and theologian Joseph (Abū 'l-Ḥasan) ben al-Battāt (fl. 11th cent.) other than the brief notice in Moses ibn Ezra’s treatise on the ars poetica, Kitāb al-Muḥāḍara wa 'l-Mudhākara (Halkin ed., 42v): “Abū 'l-Ḥasan ben al-Battāt is a famous expert in law, theology (Ar. kalām), and poetry. He is from the houses of the prophets [i.e., well-born, from a noble family] and an excellent man.” Moses ibn Ezra’s poem Gedude Lel Nedod (Brody, no. 185) is addressed to Ibn al-Battāt from a place in Castile and praises his poetic talent in v…

Ibn al-Muhājir, Joseph (Abū ʿAmr) ben Meʾir ha-Nasi

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Joseph ibn al-Muhājir (11th to 12th century) was a member of a distinguished Andalusian family (sometimes mentioned with the additional Romance family name of Ibn Shortmeqash), and he himself is referred to by the princely title of nasi. Little is known about Joseph ibn al-Muhājir. Many authors identify him as the brother of the raʾīs Abū Isḥāq (Abraham) ibn Muhājir ben Me’ir, head of the Jewish community of Seville, to whom Moses ibn Ezra dedicated the Sefer ha-ʿAnaq , also known as the Tarshish. Joseph is mentioned in Abraham ibn Da’ud’s Sefer ha-Qabbala (Book of Tradition) together …

Ibn Barzel, Joseph

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Author(s): Arturo Prats
Joseph ibn Barzel was a physician and  poet in al-Andalus in the twelfth century. Very little is known about his life, and only three of his poems are extant. In the chapter of the Taḥkemoni dedicated to the poets of Spain, Judah al-Ḥarīzī praised Ibn Barzel’s poetry in these words: “Like the poems of Ben Barzel, which are necklaces to every neck . . . they are strong as iron (Heb. barzel) and soft as honey.” Ibn Barzel is also mentioned in a Geniza letter written by Judah ha-Levi to a friend in Egypt, Ḥalfon ben Nethanel ha-Levi. In the letter Judah ha-Levi states that “the illus…
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