Alrashed Sahoubah

Alrashed Sahoubah

Alrashid Bin-Hafeth Kaleematun Sahoubah ( Shoubah ) (1827-1912) was a prominent Yemenite rabbi of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He founded the wealthy Jewish/gypsy pseudo-tribe Bani Sahoubah which flourished under Taharid Rule of Central Yemen. Bani Sahoubah was well known as skilled in the arts, crafts and cosmetics and as influential mystics of Lurianic Kabbalah. Alrashed became the object of much ridicule by the Dor Dai movement in Judaism, which was intended to combat the influence of the Zohar and restore the rational approach of Maimonides and the Jewish law as codified by him. Alrashed Sahoubah served as shiek in the 1800s and died in 1912. Rabbi Sahoubah has one son that was born in 1879 who was heir to his vast empire. His son Saeed Sohoubah was born in 1879 and died in the 1960s in a small villiage outside of Rada'. His tribe survives today ruled by his great grandson. The current Rabbani of the Bani-Sahoubah is Ibrahim Abdo Said Alrashid Sohoubah (Abraham Sahoubah). On the gypsy side the last chieftain of the Zootis is Husan Sharif, a descendant of legendary Zooti Geddi Sharif.


Sahoubah, Riyesah. "A Journey through the forgotten Kingdom." New York, New York. April 7, 1983.

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