Shā’ūl, Anwar  
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Anwar Shāʾūl(1904–1984) was an Iraqi poet, short story writer, playwright, journalist, lexicographer, and translator. His grandfather on his mother’s side was Hermann Rosenfeld, an Austrian tailor who settled in Baghdad in 1850 and became active in Jewish communal affairs, especially as a forceful advocate of the Alliance Israélite Universelle. On his father’s side, he was related to the distinguished Sassoon family, one member of which, Sheikh Sassoon ben Ṣāliḥ (1750–1830), was the nasi (head) of the Jewish community in Baghdad for almost forty years.

Shāʾūl was born in Hilla in s…

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Reuven Snir, “Shā’ūl, Anwar  ”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 August 2017
First published online: 2010



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