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Rute (Rote, Roti) Family
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The Rute (Rote, Roti) family was one of the most prominent and powerful Sephardi families in the Kingdom of Fez in Morocco in the sixteenth century. They may have originated in the Spanish town of Rute on the Gulf of Cádiz. Several members of the family served as heads (negidim) of the Jewish community and courtiers (see Court Jews) in Fez.

Jacob Rute, the first member of the family to play a prominent political role in Jewish and Muslim circles, was a grain trader, arms dealer, and official translator in the Portuguese possession of Safi in the 1520s and 1530s. In the 1530s he held offi…

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Jane Gerber, “Rute (Rote, Roti) Family”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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