Hebrew Poetry in the Medieval Islamic World
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Jews acquired familiarity with Arabic poetry as the regions they inhabited became Arabized. In 772, an exilarch’s son belonged to a circle of Arabic poets in Basra; in the early tenth century, one of the exilarchs composed Arabic poems in honor of the caliph. A ninth- and tenth-century Karaite author complains that Jews have adopted Arab social patterns, including practices associated with poetry. Throughout the period, cultivated Jews were familiar with Arabic poetry, thou…

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Raymond Scheindlin, “Hebrew Poetry in the Medieval Islamic World”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 22 April 2018
First published online: 2010

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