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Ḥāra of Tunis
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From the thirteenth century, the Jews of Tunis lived in their own neighborhood, which like many other Jewish quarters in the Arabic-speaking lands was called the Ḥāra, the “neighborhood” in the northeast of the medina. In Arabic, ḥāra simply signifies neighborhood, but in Tunisia the word refers exclusively to the Jewish quarter. The neighborhood was enclosed but also porous and structurally indistinguishable from other areas in the medina. The streets of the Jewish quarter connected to a wider network of impasses, alleyways, and main ro…

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Margaux Fitoussi, “Ḥāra of Tunis”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000817>
First published online: 2018

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