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The Chosen Few by Zvi Eckstein, Maristella Botticini

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CHAPTER 7

Educated Wandering Jews, 800–1250

This is to announce [to] you, my brother, that I have left India and arrived in Aden . . . safely with my belongings, life, and children. . . . I have to reproach you . . . because you got as far as Egypt and did not come to Aden. I sent you to Egypt with a shipment of my master, Sheikh Madmûn, about fifty ounces of civet perfume worth 40 dinars. . . . Afterward, I learned . . . that the civet arrived duly in Fustat; however, as they did not find you there, they forwarded it to you to Sicily with a trustworthy Jew called Samuel, himself a Sicilian.

Abraham Ben Yijū, 1149

The greatest misfortune that has befallen me during my entire life . . . was the demise of the saint . . . who drowned in the Indian ...

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