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Agasi, Shimon
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Shimon Agasi (1852–1914) was a Baghdadi rabbinic figure whose family probably came from Persia/Iran. He was closely associated with Joseph Ḥayyim al-Ḥakam (the Ben Ish Ḥayy) and the kabbalist Judah Ftayya, and wrote a commentary on Rabbi Ḥayyim Vital’s Shaʿar ha-Gilgulim that was published in Baghdad in 1908 under the name B'ni Aharon (Heb. My Son Aaron), in memory of his son, who had died in his youth. The book was distributed free of charge.

Agasi was a wealthy man and did not earn his livelihood from the rabbinate. He inherited his wealth from his parents, including…

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Shaul Regev, “Agasi, Shimon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0000820>
First published online: 2010

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