Tripoli, Lebanon(686 words)

Kirsten Schulze

The Jewish community of Tripoli (Ar. Ṭarābulus al-Shām) dated back at least to the seventh century. The Arab historian al-Balādhuri relates that during the caliphate of ʿUthmān (644–655), the governor of Syria, Muʿāwiyya, settled Jews in the abandoned fortified harbor town of Tripoli. The community was small, and relations with the majority Sunni Muslims were amicable. During the persecution of dhimmis (see Dhimma) by the Shiʿite Fatimid caliph al-Ḥākim (996–1021), the synagogue was turned into a mosque. Documents from the Cairo Geniza show that Jews from Palestine found a r…

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Kirsten Schulze. "Tripoli, Lebanon." Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 31 July 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-jews-in-the-islamic-world/tripoli-lebanon-COM_0021610>



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