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Niẓām al-Yahūd (“The Statute of the Jews”)
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Niẓām al-Yahūd is the name of an (originally untitled) document from Yemen, donated to the Hebrew University Library (now the National Library of Israel) by a member of the Ḥabshūsh family (Tov) in 1946, cataloged JER NLI Ar. 120 (formerly Ms. Ar. 120). It was written by a professional scribe, sealed in Sanʿa by the personal office of Imām Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn (1869–1948), and dated Rabīʿ al-Awwal 28, 1323 Hijra/June 2, 1905.

The document combines three different textual genres: an introduction, a letter of protection or dhimma contract, and a section detailing a power of attorney …

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Kerstin Hünefeld, “Niẓām al-Yahūd (“The Statute of the Jews”)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000864>
First published online: 2022

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