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Somekh, Samuel
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Samuel Somekh was born in 1858 in Baghdad, where his grandfather, who died in 1889, had endowed a great number of Jewish institutions. Somekh was for a time a dealer in pearls and indigo. He began his educational career as an adjunct instructor at the Alliance Israélite Universelle school in Tunis, and later was an AIU school principal in Aleppo, Istanbul (Hasköy neighborhood), Baghdad, and Damascus.

In November 1895, Somekh moved to Cairo with his wife and five children, and founded an AIU school, which opened in February 1896. Egypt was then under British rule. The city’s Jewish communit…

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Elizabeth Antébi, “Somekh, Samuel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0020480>
First published online: 2010

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