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Wahb b. Yaʿīsh al-Raqqī
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Wahb b. Yaʿīsh al-Raqqī, apparently called Nathan ben Ḥayyim in Hebrew, was a Jewish religious thinker during the second half of the tenth century. As indicated by his nisba (cognomen), he hailed from the city of (al-)Raqqa on the mid-Euphrates in present-day Syria. At that time, Raqqa was an important center of Jewish culture, and seems also to have been the locus of interfaith philosophical and religious dialogue between Jews (Rabbanite as well as Karaite/Ananite), Muslims, Christians, Sabaeans, and Zoroastrians. Indeed Raqqa was also…

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Michael G. Wechsler, “Wahb b. Yaʿīsh al-Raqqī”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0022060>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 3951

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