Dynasties of Jewish Physicians in the Fatimid and Ayyubid Periods

Uri Mazor, Efraim Lev

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This article discusses dynasties of Jewish practitioners – physicians, for the most part, as well as pharmacists – in the High Middle Ages in Egypt and Syria. Based on reliable Jewish sources, primarily Genizah documents and Muslim Arabic historiographical literature, twenty-four dynasties of Jewish physicians in Egypt and Syria during the Fatimid and Ayyubid periods (1171–1250/60 ce) are surveyed, with a particular focus on five of them in terms of their social and political status within Jewish society and vis-à-vis the Muslim authorities and social elite.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-265
JournalHebrew Union College Annual
StatePublished - 2018


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