Bonan Family
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The Bonan family in the city of Tunis were associated with the city’s Grana (Portuguese) congregation. Several of its members became important scholars and communal leaders in Tunis and Palestine in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although the family was ultimately of Iberian origin (the name Buenanno is attested in Toledo, but Paul Sebag suggests an Italian derivation), its more immediate origin before coming to Tunis may have been in Morocco. In 1747, Rabbi Masʿūd Bonan (ca. 1705–1802) emigrated from Tunis to Tiberias. Subsequently he traveled to Western Eu…

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Moshe Amar, “Bonan Family”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 December 2017
First published online: 2010



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