Gubbay (Gabbai) Family (India)
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Migrating from Baghdad in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, members of the Gubbay (Gabbai, Gabbay) family went westward to Aleppo and eastward to India and beyond, arriving in Calcutta and Bombay in the early nineteenth century. Along with other leading “Baghdadi” families, such as the Sassoons and the Ezras, with whom they intermarried, the Gubbays were involved in the indigo, textile, and opium trades.

In Calcutta, Elia(s) Shalome Gubbay (1829–1898) became a leading merchant and real estate investor. His philanthropy and civic engagement extended t…

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Joan Roland; Tamar Marge Gubbay. "Gubbay (Gabbai) Family (India)." Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Brill Online, 2016. Reference. 30 May 2016 <>
Last online update: September 2015
First appeared online: 2010
First Print Edition: isbn: 978900417678, 2728

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