By Andre N. Chouraqui
Among East and West: A historical past of the Jews of North Africa by means of Chouraqui, Andre N.; tr. through Bernet, Michael M.
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Though they were heavily entrenched and fortified in the mountains and inaccessible fortresses, they were eventually defeated by the Imam and forcibly converted to Islam. He seized their lands and their fortresses; he had put to death the majority of those who would not submit to Islam and he pried the others from their families and despoiled them of their property. ”16 That even the Idrises did not always have their way with the indigenous population is illustrated by a story re lated by Ibn Khaldun concerning Yahya ben Yahya ben Mo hammed, the last emir of the elder branch of the Idrises.
E. 28 The column was erected by the Jewish assembly of the town in honor of the Pre fect Marcus Titius who had been outstanding in his benevo lence to the Jews. The precision of the inscription has made possible a practically authentic reconstitution of Jewish com munity organization in the Pentapolis. Each community was headed by a religious assembly in which full Jews, proselytes and semi-proselytes shared equally, and an administrative council, usually of nine members, which was elected by the community.
Understood. 29 The Jews of the Maghreb maintained close ties with the Holy Land at all times. The Talmud relates30 the journeys of Rabbi Akiba to the Maghreb, in which he doubtlessly helped to stir up the revolt against Rome. 31 Hillel, in a rather curious passage, explains the prevalence of flat feet among inhabitants of the Maghreb by the number of swamps in that region. E. 32 The early Christian writer Tertul lian33 added further convincing evidence of the tenacious per sistence of Hebrew in North Africa, a phenomenon which is hardly surprising in what was undoubtedly the most intensely Semitic of all countries of the Diaspora.
Between East and West: A History of the Jews of North Africa by Andre N. Chouraqui