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Ibn Ezra, Judah (Abū ʾl-Ḥasan) ben Joseph
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Judah (Abū ʾl-Ḥasan) ben Joseph ibn Ezra, also called ha-Nasi in some sources, was born into a distinguished family in Granada in the latter part of the eleventh century. At the time of the Almoravid invasion, his family, including his uncles Moses and Isaac ibn Ezra, fled to Toledo in Christian territory. Many other illustrious families, the Ibn Shoshans, Alfakhars, Abulafias, and ha-Levis among others, also settled there. Judah was appointed almoxarife (collector of revenues) by King Alfonso VII of Castile. In 1147, the king put him in charge of the frontier stronghold of Calatrava, wh…

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Yolanda Moreno Koch, “Ibn Ezra, Judah (Abū ʾl-Ḥasan) ben Joseph”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0010540>
First published online: 2010

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