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Moyāl, Simon
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Simon (Shamʿūn) Bey ben Yosef Moyāl was born in Jaffa (Yafo) in 1866 to a Sephardi family of Moroccan descent. While studying medicine at the American University in Beirut, he met the Lebanese Jewish journalist and feminist Esther Lazari (al-Azharī) (see Moyal, Esther Azhari), whom he married in Jaffa in 1894. Their son was the poet Nadīm Moyāl. After he passed his medical qualifications, Moyal and his wife left for Cairo. In Egypt he was befriended by Jūrjī Zaydān, the leader of the Freemasons and founder of the al-Hilāl monthly. Acting on a suggestion by Zaydān, he translated sel…

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Shmuel Moreh, “Moyāl, Simon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000085>
First published online: 2010

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