Medieval Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Egypt: The Secular Poetry of the Karaite Poet Moses Ben Abraham Dar??. Karaite Texts and Studies

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Joachim J.M.S. Yeshaya
BRILL, Nov 19, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 345 pages
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Moses ben Abraham Dar, born in Alexandria into a family of Moroccan Jewish immigrants, lived in Egypt in the middle of the twelfth century. Though he visited Damascus and Jerusalem, he spent most of his professional life as a physician and poet in the Karaite community of Fus -Cairo. This study offers an annotated edition of secular poems taken from the earliest manuscript, NLR Evr. I 802, dated to the fifteenth century. The Hebrew text and Judaeo-Arabic heading of each poem are provided in the original order attested in the manuscript. The introduction to this edition seeks to evaluate Dar s poetry in the light of the Andalusian-Hebrew poetical tradition and within the context of Hebrew literary activity in the Muslim East. This learned book displays sound, rigorous scholarship in the best tradition of the philological-historical method It also provides solid ground for further work by scholars with different agendas, different scholarly interests and different methodologies in the study of medieval Hebrew poetry. On all accounts, it is a welcome and most valuable addition to the field. "Esperanza Alfonso, CCHS-CSIC" "Yeshaya's work is an excellent contribution to the study of both medieval Hebrew poetry and Karaitica, showing Dar to be a central representative of Hebrew poets writing in the Muslim East and, most importantly, a charming author, whose Karaiteness only adds to the attraction." "Riikka Tuori"
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One History of Research
9
Chapter Two Manuscript Tradition
21
Chapter Three History of Fāṭimid and Ayyūbid Egypt
31
Chapter Four Moses ben Abraham Darī
47
Chapter Five Poetics and Poetry
59
Chapter Six Secular Genres
79
Chapter Seven Motifs and Themes
101
Chapter Nine The Significance of Moses Darī
139
Poems Nos 1152 on the Basis of MS NLR Evr I 802 with Commentary
145
Alphabetical List of Poems Nos 1152
295
Alphabetical List of Biblical Names
299
Variant Readings
301
Bibliography
319
Index of Names and Subjects
333
Plate Section
339

Chapter Eight Language and Style
119

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About the author (2010)

Joachim J.M.S. Yeshaya, Ph.D. (2009) in Arts, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, is Research Associate (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Ruhr-Universit t Bochum. His main research interests are in medieval Hebrew poetry, Judaeo-Arabic literature, and Karaite liturgy.

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