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  • Rabban Nissim ben Ya'qub ibn Shahin, Gaon al-Qayrawan (c.990 - c.1062)
    Nissim ben Jacob ben Nissim ibn Shāhīn was one of the foremost Jewish scholars of the eleventh century and the leader of the North African Jewish community. He was born in 990 in Qayrawan...
  • Ya'qub ben Nissim ibn Shahin al-Qairouan (c.960 - d.)
    Abu Ya'qub Jacob, was head of the local academy (Heb. bet midrash) and in 987 wrote to Sherira Gaon in Babylonia in the name of “the holy congregation of Qayrawan,” asking him how the Mis...

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