Borrowed Motifs in Jewish Literature

Borrowed Motifs in Jewish Literature
Yehuda Razabi

The significant influence of Arabic culture on medieval Jewish culture is evident in a wide variety of areas: linguistics, biblical exegesis, philosophy, science, religious rituals, and of course, poetry. This influence is particularly noticeable in the secular poetry of Spain beginning in the 10th century, and also in the liturgical poetry, which developed a unique style very different from the piyyut of Eretz Israel. The Arabic influence is reflected in many aspects: structure, meter and rhyme, genre and content, literary taste, aesthetic and moral values, and images and idioms used by the poets. A strong influence can also be found in anthologies of proverbs and popular sayings. In this volume, the fruit of many decades of research, the author has collected hundreds of motifs that were borrowed from Arabic sources and implanted in Hebrew literature, especially in Spanish poetry. The motifs are sorted and classified according to subject, thus presenting the reader with a rich and varied study of this broad spectrum of influence.
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Danacode:   110-20100 ISBN:  965-226-288-9 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   512 Weight:   700 gr Dimensions:  17X25 cm Publication Date:   02/2007 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press

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