Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Get access

(259 words)

Several traditions preserved in Arabic sources mention a Jew named Sumayr as one of the minters who produced the earliest Islamic silver coins (dirhams) during the reign of the Umayyad caliph ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān (r. 685–705). The coins were known as “Sumayris” because of Sumayr’s involvement in their production. One late source gives his home as Taymā’, an oasis in Arabia that had a considerable Jewish population before the advent of Islam. The sources relate the story of Sumayr along with others, involving Muslims, in ways which are atomized and…

Cite this page
David J. Wasserstein, “Sumayr”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000491>
First published online: 2010

▲   Back to top   ▲