Monday, December 17, 2007

Conversion Mania

The story of the conversion of the Khazars is of course well known, but how many of you have heard of DHU NUWAS, ZUR'AH YUSUF IBN TUBAN AS'AD ABI KARIB, the Jewish convert king of Yemen?

6 Comments:

Blogger Shoshana said...

I don't understand - how could he be a king and a convert? I thought that wasn't allowed ;)

December 17, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Maybe it was a Reform conversion :)

December 17, 2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Man, you keep finding these fascinating things!

Nope, never heard of him. But then, untill about a week ago, I had never heard of Aya Korem either.

December 17, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Aya's song 'Yonatan Shapira' used to play on Israeli radio every 5 minutes about a year ago or so...

December 17, 2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Rabban Gamliel said...

"The story of the conversion of the Khazars is of course well known, but how many of you have heard of DHU NUWAS, ZUR'AH YUSUF IBN TUBAN AS'AD ABI KARIB, the Jewish convert king of Yemen?"

I did. He wasn't the King of all Yemen. But I heard of him. Actually I read of him.

December 17, 2007 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Rabban Gamliel said...

Holy Moly! I checked the link and the Jewish Encyclopedia says that he was the King of Yemen. It must say that because he must have ruled a good part of what is today Yemen. That I did not know.

December 17, 2007 9:20 PM  

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