Emsellem, Makhlūf ben Isaac
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Makhlūf ben Isaac Emsellem (1837–1928) was a North African kabbalist and alchemist. Of French nationality, he may have been born in Oran, but his family moved to Fez when he was a child, and except for a short period in Tangier, that is where he spent most of his life and was initiated into the Kabbala. Having taught himself the Arabic script at the age of fourteen, Emsellem began to read and collect Arabic works on alchemy and to associate with Muslim practitioners of the art, which was still much in vogue in Fez in his time. He acquired the necess…

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Paul Fenton, “Emsellem, Makhlūf ben Isaac”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 June 2017
First published online: 2010



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