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Nissi ben Berekhiah al-Nahrāwanī
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Nissi (also Nīsī) ben Berekhiah al-Nahrāwanī was a scholar and liturgical poet in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. His name suggests a family origin either in the Persian town of Nahravan or in the town of al-Nahrawān in eastern Iraq. Nissi was one of the Jewish notables of Baghdad. His successful mediation of a dispute in 922 between the exilarch David ben Zakkay and the Pumbeditan gaon Mevasser ben Qimoy led Nathan the Babylonian (see Nathan ha-Bavlī) to describe him as a “miracle-worker,” clearly a pun on his given name. In 928, Ben Zakkay offered the gaonate to Nissi, who had been res…

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Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, “Nissi ben Berekhiah al-Nahrāwanī”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0016860>
First published online: 2010

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