A MOSAIC OF MEDIEVAL HISTORICAL SOURCES – THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE EGYPTIAN JEWISH PHYSICIAN IBN JUMAY

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Abstract

This article reconstructs a biography of al-Shaykh al-Muwaffaq Ibn Jumay' (fl. 1170-1200), one of the most illustrious Jewish physicians of the medieval Islamic world, using both Muslim historiographical and Jewish Geniza sources. The article demonstrates that data mentioned by Muslim authors and details mentioned in the Geniza documents, reciprocally strengthen, confirm and add information about Ibn Jumay'’s life, thus creating a colorful biographical mosaic of the famous Jewish physician’s life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-110
Number of pages24
JournalRevue des Etudes Juives
Volume181
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research for this study was supported by the Landy Foundation at Cambridge University and by the University of Haifa Research Authority and the Faculty of Humanities; we thank Barry and Rose Landy for their generous support. We would also like to thank Prof. Miriam Frenkel and Dr. Leigh Chipman for their helpful comments.

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Keywords

  • Egypt
  • Health and Nutrition
  • History and Exploration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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