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Khunsar (Pers. Khwānsār) is an Iranian town northwest of Isfahan. The oldest historical references to Khunsar mention Jews moving there during the Achaemenid period (550–330 B.C.E.). During the Safavid period the Jews of Khunsar, like the Jews in other Iranian cities, were subject to persecutions mostly instigated by Muḥammad Beg, the vizier of Shāh ‘Abbās II (r. 1642–1666), including a series of forced conversions to Islam and returns to Judaism. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the town’s Jews lived in an area known as Kūy-i Juhūdā or Kūy-i Jūdā/Jīdā (Pers. street of th…

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Haideh Sahim, “Khunsar”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0012960>
First published online: 2010

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