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Ibn Tibbon, Judah ben Saul
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Judah ibn Tibbon was born in Granada in or around the year 1120. When the Almohads entered the city in 1148 and demanded the conversion of all Jews who wanted to stay there, Judah emigrated north to the city of Lunel in Provence. According to Benjamin of Tudela, Lunel was a center of Torah studies, and Judah ibn Tibbon, a physician by profession but learned in philosophy and thoroughly versed in Arabic, helped to support others who came there to study. His arrival in Lunel fortuitously coincided with a growing desire of the Jews of Southern …

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Lola Ferre, “Ibn Tibbon, Judah ben Saul”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0011200>
First published online: 2010

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