Aaron ben Amram
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Aaron ben Amram—or, as his name is given in Arabic sources, Hārūn ibn ʿImrān—lived in the second half of the ninth century and the first quarter of the tenth. He apparently began his career as a trader, as in one Arabic source he and his partner, Joseph ben Phinehas , are referred to as al-tujjār (the merchants). Eventually he became a jahbadh (banker). In this capacity, with responsibility for administering, remitting, and supplying funds, Aaron, together with the jahbadh Joseph ben Phinehas (Yūsuf ibn Fīnḥās), played a key role in the financial administration of the ʿAbbasid empire.

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Michael G. Wechsler. "Aaron ben Amram." Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Brill Online, 2015. Reference. 28 November 2015 <http://www.paulyonline.brill.nl/entries/encyclopedia-of-jews-in-the-islamic-world/aaron-ben-amram-SIM_0000010>
Last online update: September 2015
First appeared online: 2010
First Print Edition: isbn: 978900417678, 2010

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