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Ohana, Jacob
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Jacob (Ya’cub) Ohana (1846–1899) belonged to a well-known and powerful Jewish family in Meknes, as did his wife, Hannah née Oliel (1840–1920). A wealthy merchant, he acted as Tujjār al-Sultān (Ar. merchant of the sultan, i.e., royal merchant), a status he maintained despite the dismantling of the royal monopolies in accordance with the provisions of the Anglo-Moroccan treaty of 1856. Sultan Mawlāy al-Ḥasan (d. 1894) and Grand Vizier Bā Aḥmad (d. 1900) granted him a number of privileges and immunities. Among these were collecting taxes in the markets (Ar. mustafād) and at the gates o…

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Mohammed Kenbib, “Ohana, Jacob”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0017000>
First published online: 2010

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