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Moses ben Ḥanokh
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Moses ben Ḥanokh is one of the four captive sages in Abraham Ibn Da'ud's twelfth-century Hebrew chronicle Seferha-Qabbala (The Book of Tradition). According to this account, the commander of the Umayyad fleet, during the reign of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān III (912-961), captured a ship in the Mediterranean carrying four great Jewish scholars. On his way back to Cordova, the commander sold the sages as slaves to different Jewish communities along the Mediterranean coast. Ḥushiel was sold on the coast of Africa and ended up in Qayrawan; Moses and his son Ḥanokh ben Moses were sold in Cordova; Shemariah…

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Arturo Prats, “Moses ben Ḥanokh”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0015770>
First published online: 2010

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