Ibn Sahl, Abraham (Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Sahl al-Isrā’īlī al-Ishbīlī)
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Abraham ibn Sahl (Abū Isḥaq Ibrāhīm ibn Sahl al-Isrā'īlī al-Ishbīlī) was born in Seville in 1211 or 1212 to a noble Jewish family, some of whose members, such as the poet Joseph (Abū ʿAmr) ibn Sahl, are well known. All our information about his life comes from Arabic sources, in particular the Nafḥ al-Ṭīb by al-Maqqarī, because he converted to Islam, and in consequence, as was customary, Jewish sources do not mention him. Ibn Sahl's medieval Muslim biographers and modern scholars of Arabic poetry have given considerable attention to his conversion…

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Esperanza Alfonso, “Ibn Sahl, Abraham (Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Sahl al-Isrā’īlī al-Ishbīlī)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 23 June 2018
First published online: 2010

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