Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Get access

Ibn Sarūq, Menahem ben Jacob
(1,956 words)

Menahem ibn Sarūq was born in Tortosa (in the Upper March, the northeast of al-Andalus) at the beginning of the tenth century (ca. 910–920). His father seems to have been a teacher and gave him an adequate education. Nonetheless, Ibn Sarūq was essentially self-taught and became the prototype of the Jewish intellectual in al-Andalus, perhaps the first one known to history. In fact, he played a decisive role in the birth and development of Andalusian Hebrew philology and poetry.

Ibn Sarūq became family poet and secretary of the Ibn Shaprūṭ…

Cite this page
José Martínez Delgado, “Ibn Sarūq, Menahem ben Jacob”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0011100>
First published online: 2010

▲   Back to top   ▲