SERUSI, family of diplomats in Tripolitania (*Libya) in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. In 1683 NISSIM negotiated between Tripolitania and France. In the second half of the 18th century MOSES was an agent and an interpreter for the French. ABRAHAM (I) was given temporary charge of the French consulate in Tripoli during *Napoleon's invasion of *Egypt in 1799 and later efficiently served Yusuf Pasha, the bey of *Tripoli. The Serusi family were also leaders of the Jewish community. ABRAHAM (II) and ḤAI were among the signatories of the tax requirement for producers of a certain type of silk in 1848. DAVID was vice consul of *Italy in *Mogador in about 1900.
Hirschberg, Afrikah, 2 (1966), 194–9.
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