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Qafiḥ, Joseph
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Joseph Qafiḥ, the scion of a great rabbinical family in Yemen, was born in Sanʿa in 1918. His father, David Qafiḥ, the headmaster of the modern Jewish school in Sanʿa, died when Joseph was only one year old, and he grew up in the home of his grandfather Yiḥye Qafiḥ, the founder of the Dor Deʿa (Generation of Knowledge) enlightenment movement. With his grandfather he studied Bible,  Talmud, medieval Judeo-Arabic literature, especially the philosophical writings of Saʿadya Gaon and Maimonides, as well as astronomy and other secular subjects, and developed a fervent love for …

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Yosef Tobi, “Qafiḥ, Joseph”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0017950>
First published online: 2010

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