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Protector of the Jews
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The protector of the Jews was an administrative official in Qajar Iran (see Iran/Persia) at least from the early 1860s. Sometimes called amīn al-raʿāya (agent or trustee of non-Muslim subjects), a protector was assigned to other religious minorities as well, but it is not always clear whether one protector was assigned to all the minorities in a given place, or whether there were separate protectors for each of the local minorities. The purpose of providing protection to a minority in this way appears to have been not only for th…

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Daniel Tsadik, “Protector of the Jews”, 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_0017860>
First published online: 2010

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