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Mizraḥi, Asher
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Asher Mizraḥi was born in Jerusalem in 1890 and died there in 1967. On his arrival in Tunis as a young cantor in 1912, he became a new sensation in the city’s Jewish community. From 1919 to 1929, he divided his time between Palestine and Tunis, but then permanently settled in Tunis and only returned to Israel in the year of his death. Before and after World War II, Mizraḥi composed hundreds of songs in Arabic and Hebrew, and wrote lyrics for many artists, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Because of the broad range of his inspiration, he held a peculiar position in the Tun…

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Jacques Taïeb, “Mizraḥi, Asher”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0015490>
First published online: 2010

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