Kohen, Mordecai ha-
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Mordecai ha-Kohen was born in 1856 in Tripoli, Libya, where his grandfather, a Genovese, had settled to escape the Napoleonic wars. His father died in a shipwreck off Crete in 1861, leaving the family impoverished. Ha-Kohen received a traditional Jewish education, but also imbibed Italian culture and acquired extensive knowledge as an autodidact. He worked at teaching Hebrew, repairing watches, and peddling. His journeys to the Tripolitanian interior as a peddler familiarized him with the Jewish commun…

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Harvey E. Goldberg, “Kohen, Mordecai ha-”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 18 October 2017
First published online: 2010



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