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Ḥasday ibn Shaprūṭ
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Ḥasday ben Isaac ibn Shaprūṭ (ca. 905–ca. 975) was a scholar, physician, and trusted adviser at the court of the Umayyad caliphs ʿAbd al-Raḥmān III and al-Ḥakam II in Cordova. As patron of the first Jewish intellectuals and poets in al-Andalus, he played a decisive role in fostering a brilliant Jewish cultural effloresence that assimilated many elements of Arabic high culture.

1. Courtier

Ḥasday was a scion of a rich and influential family. His father, Isaac, had moved the family from its home in Jaen to Cordova, the cal…

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M.J. Cano, “Ḥasday ibn Shaprūṭ”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0009370>
First published online: 2010

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