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Sholal (Solal), Isaac ha-Kohen
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Isaac ha-Kohen Sholal (d. 1524) was the last Egyptian nagid. Although of Spanish ancestry, his direct forebears lived in Tlemcen from the early fifteenth century and perhaps even earlier. Sholal himself resided in Egypt in the latter half of the fifteenth century, where he engaged in the grain trade and other pursuits. In 1502, he inherited the office of nagid from his uncle/brother-in-law Jonathan (Nathan) Sholal, and he served in this capacity until the Ottoman conquest in 1517, which saw the termination of the nagidate.

Various sources indicate that Sholal, during his tenure…

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Abraham David, “Sholal (Solal), Isaac ha-Kohen”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0020410>
First published online: 2010

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