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Misbāḥ (Baghdad), al-
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Al-Misbāḥ (Ar. The Lamp; the masthead also had the Hebrew equivalent, Ha-Menora) was a Jewish journal in Arabic published in Iraq. It first appeared in April 1924 and survived until July 1929. Its first editor was the Jewish intellectual and lawyer Anwār Shā’ul (1904–1984), but in February 1925 the  publisher, Salmān Shīna (1899–1978), took over as editor.

Issues of concern to the Iraqi Jewish community were regularly discussed in al-Misbāḥ. It advocated integration into Iraqi cultural and political institutions, called for greater rights for Jewish women, report…

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Orit Bashkin, “Misbāḥ (Baghdad), al-”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0001660>
First published online: 2010

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