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Tuyserkan: Shrine of Habakkuk

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Author(s): Haideh Sahim
A tomb traditionally associated with the biblical prophet Habakkuk (also Ḥabaquq and Ḥayaquq in Persian) is one of three Jewish shrines in the city of Tuyserkan, 100 km (62 miles) south of Hamadan in Iran (the other two are the tombs of Esther and Mordechai, and of Daniel). Although often held to have been active in the first decades of the seventh century B.C.E., Habbakuk is also said to have been a contemporary of Daniel, who according to Jewish tradition lived in the time of Darius the Great …

Ittifāgh (Ettefagh) Schools

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Author(s): Haideh Sahim
Ittifāq (Ettefagh), a Jewish school in Tehran, was established by and for the many Iraqi Jews who settled in Iran following the First World War, after the Farhūd pogroms in Iraq in 1941, and particularly between 1948 and 1951.  Its key initiator was Māyir ʿAbd-Allāh Baṣṣūn (1903–1978), a prominent Iraqi Jew with close business ties to the American and British armies, who traveled to Iran in 1946 and was soon involved in contracts for building the American embassy and with the Tehran municipali…