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Zilkha Family
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As Baghdad reemerged into prominence during the OttomanTanzimat period in the nineteenth century, the Zilkha family developed business interests that eventually extended to Europe, the United States, and Asia. In addition, they contributed to the reinvigoration of the city’s Jewish religious life with the establishment of the Midrash Bet Zilkha, a rabbinical seminary, and a synagogue named for Ezra ha-Cohen Zilkha.

Khedouri Zilkha (1884–1956), the only son of the textile merchant Aboudi Zilkha, was the founder the Zilkha Bankin Baghdad. After a brief period in Turkey, w…

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Reeva Spector Simon, “Zilkha Family”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0022640>
First published online: 2010

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