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Bishr ben Aaron
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Bishr ben Aaron, scion of a wealthy Jewish family with close ties to the Abbasid court and considerable influence in public life, was a prominent figure in Baghdad during the first half of the tenth century. Bishr’s father, Aaron ben Amram, is identified in Arabic sources as one of two Jews to hold the position of jahbadh (court financier) during the caliphate of al-Muqtadir (r. 908–932) (see Court Jews). In that capacity he reportedly provided individuals in the Muslim government with substantial loans and other financial services. A flattering reference to A…

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Arnold Franklin, “Bishr ben Aaron”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 07 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000729>
First published online: 2014

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