Timsit, Daniel
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Daniel Timsit (1928–2002) was born in Algiers on January 16, 1928 to a traditional Jewish family. His parents had both spoken only Arabic as children, and none of his grandparents knew French; his paternal grandfather, the chief rabbi of Constantine, had never worn European dress. The neighborhood where Timsit grew up was adjacent to the Casbah, and because of his family’s Arabic-speaking heritage he felt a certain rapport with the country’s Muslims.

In 1940 the Jews of Algeria were deprived of French citizenship by the Vichy government. Their citizenship was restor…

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Jessica Hammerman, “Timsit, Daniel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 15 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000714>
First published online: 2014



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