The head of the Rabbanite, Karaite and Samaritan Jews: on the history of a title

@article{Sela1994TheHO,
  title={The head of the Rabbanite, Karaite and Samaritan Jews: on the history of a title},
  author={S. Sela},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  year={1994},
  volume={57},
  pages={255 - 267}
}
  • S. Sela
  • Published 1 June 1994
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
For over a hundred years, scholars of medieval Jewish history have been interested in the history of the headship of the Jews in Egypt. The first among them, relying mostly on literary documents, believed that the ancient accounts about the establishment of the office of the head of the Jews (Nagid) could be traced back to the Fātimid occupation of Egypt (A.D. 969), while recent scholars—having at their disposal a growing stream of historical data from the Cairo Geniza—have ruled out the early… 
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