SAMBARI (CATTAWI?), JOSEPH BEN ISAAC:
Egyptian chronicler of the seventeenth century; lived probably at Alexandria between 1640 and 1703. Of lowly origin and in the employ of Rabbi Joseph Ḥen, he spent his leisure time in historic studies, finding a mass of documents in the extensive library of the famous rabbi Abraham Skandari (the Alexandrian). Sambari knew Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish, yet his Hebrew orthography and grammar are very faulty. According to his prefaces he wrote two works, only one of which has been printed. The first, entitled "Dibre ha-Ḥakamim," has either been lost or is buried in some library. It probably was a general history covering the time from Abraham to the Saboraic rabbis, or to the year 540
- Cattawi, Dibre Yosef;
- Franco, Histoire des Israélites de l'Empire Ottoman, p. 91.