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Ibn Sarūq, Menahem ben Jacob
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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 …

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José Martínez Delgado, “Ibn Sarūq, Menahem ben Jacob”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 14 December 2019
First published online: 2010



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