Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Judeo-Arabic poetry from the Cairo Geniza

GENIZA FRAGMENT OF THE MONTH (SEPTEMBER 2018): Six Centuries of Arab Poets Transmitted in a Booklet of Judaeo-Arabic Poetry (Gretchen E. Belnap). You will recall that Judeo-Arabic is Arabic written in Hebrew letters. The Arabic and Hebrew alphabets have an imperfect overlap, so reading Judeo-Arabic can be quite a challenge.

I have worked with Judeo-Arabic materials a fair bit in the last few of years, so I like to keep track of what is happening in the area. This Cairo Geniza manuscript includes pre-Islamic Arabic poetry, which is rare.

Other PaleoJudaica posts on Judeo-Arabic are here and links. Past posts noting Cairo Geniza Fragments of the Month in the Cambridge University Library's Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit are there and here and links.

Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the biblical world.