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Hamon, Moses
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Moses Hamon (d. 1554) was the most influential of the Ottoman Jewish court physicians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Born around 1490 in Granada, he was the chief Jewish physician of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–1566) as well as a medical scholar, patron of Hebrew learning, and a leader of the Jewish community. His father, Joseph Hamon, and other members of his family also served as court physicians.

Historical sources imply that Moses became one of the team of court physicians right after the death of his father in 1518, but the earliest…

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Cengiz Sisman, “Hamon, Moses”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0009200>
First published online: 2010

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