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Mizraḥi, Mullāh Ḥayyim Eleazar
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Mullāh Ḥayyim Eleazar Mizrai, son of Rabbi Ḥanina, was born in 1858 in Tehran. In addition to his attending the maktab (traditional Jewish primary school), he studied Torah with his father and with a shadar (rabbinical emissary from Palestine) hired by his father. At the age of fifteen he acquired the honorific title of mullāh because of his extensive knowledge and fascinating sermons. Mullāh Ḥayyim Eleazar worked in the pearl trade and also received financial help from his father. He became an important religious leader and scholar, and led a campaign against the Bahā'īs, publicly …

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Orly R. Rahimiyan, “Mizraḥi, Mullāh Ḥayyim Eleazar”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000292>
First published online: 2010

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