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Kirmanshah (Pers. Kirmānshāh; Ar. Qirmīsīn) is a town and province in western Iran, named after the Sasanian king Bahram IV (r. 388–399), near the rock-cut relief of Tāq-i Bustān. It is situated on a principal route from Baghdad to Teheran. In the Middle Ages it was relatively close to the yeshivot of Babylonia. The town probably had a fairly ancient Jewish community. It was mentioned by the tenth-century historian Nathan ha-Bavli, who reported that the exilarch Mar ʿUqba was banished to a locality called Kirmanshah between 909 and 916 because of a communal conflict in Baghdad.


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Nahid Pirnazar, “Kirmanshah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0013020>
First published online: 2010

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