Ḥayyūj, Judah (Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā) ben David al-Fāsi
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1. Life

Judah Ḥayyūj (Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā) ben David al-Fāsi established the triliteralism of the Hebrew verb and was one of the few scholars who appears to have approached the Bible with the sole intention of making a morphological analysis of verbal forms in the search for a valid methodology. He was also the first Jewish author from al-Andalus to write in Arabic.

The nisba al-Fāsi indicates that Judah Ḥayyūj was from Fez in Morocco, a city he left for Cordova, possibly because as a writer he was attracted by the cultural mov…

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José Martínez Delgado, “Ḥayyūj, Judah (Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā) ben David al-Fāsi”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 20 June 2018
First published online: 2010

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