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Buda (Budīn), Budapest
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Jews may have lived in the territory known as Hungary as early as Roman times. The first historical reference to Jews in Hungary is found in the letter Ḥasday ibn Shaprūṭ, the Jewish courtier in Umayyad Cordova, wrote to King  Joseph of the Khazars around 960. The community in Buda was established at least in the eleventh century. Since then, and during the Ottoman period, which began in 1526, Jews have lived in Buda almost without interruption.   

Parts of Hungary fell into Ottoman hands after the Hungarian defeat in the Battle of Mohács in August 1526, but the Ottomans did n…

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Yitzchak Kerem, “Buda (Budīn), Budapest”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0004650>
First published online: 2010

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