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Yaakov al-Qirqisani - Account of His Life


Little is known about Yaakov al-Qirqisani, except what may be gleaned from passing references in his own works. al-Kirkasani, like his predecessors was well learned in Rabbanism: Mishneh, Gemara, Midrash, Commentary and liturgy. He was also familiar with the Koran and Christian Scriptures. Like his learning, his circle of friends was varied religiously. He was friends with many eminent theologians of other faiths: Moslem, Rabbanite, and Christian. al-Qirqisani was a solid opponent of Rabbanism, though he remained respectful of them despite his disagreements, unlike the "Gaon" Sa'adiya (see Sa'adiya's account of Anan).