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Ḥayk, Uzziel al-
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Uzziel al-Ḥayk, the son of David al-Ḥayk, a renowned intellectual from a family of Grana rabbis, was born in Tunis in 1740 and died there around 1810. Well versed in Arabic language, Islamic law, rabbinic matters, and economic issues, he was involved in many legal decisions made by the Tunis rabbinic courts. These provide much information about daily life at that time, and on fundamental legal matters such as the right to own and acquire property and private assets (Ar. mulk).

Al-Ḥayk wrote two major books in Hebrew that were published posthumously. Mishkenot ha-Roʿim (The Shepherds’ D…

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Jacques Taïeb, “Ḥayk, Uzziel al-”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0009500>
First published online: 2010

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