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Ribbi, Abraham
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Abraham Ribbi(1861–1928), an educator and institution builder of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, was instrumental in expanding the organization in Morocco. Born in Izmir (Smyrna), Ottoman Turkey, in 1861, and a graduate of the École Normale Israélite Orientale—the teacher-training school of the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Paris—Ribbi arrived in Morocco in 1881 to become  director of the AIU school in Tetouan (the first Alliance school, established in 1862).

In 1889, Ribbi reopened the AIU schools in Tangier, which had been closed for three years because of a …

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Mitchell Serels, “Ribbi, Abraham”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0018450>
First published online: 2010

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