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With this edition of Elʿazar’s secular poetry and other editions of hitherto unknown dīwāns, the Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic poetry from the Muslim East in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries receives due attention in regard to the major questions of history and development of the different cultural centres of Judaism, notably Spain and Iraq. The complexity of the Arabicisation of Jewish culture and literature will remain a controversial issue in the field, because there is no easy way or general method to describe the ambiguities of Jewish existence in the world of Islam. Elʿazar ha-Bavli was capable of writing literary works in both Hebrew and Arabic, and his Judaeo-Arabic treatise on Hebrew poetics fills a gap, since few writings on Hebrew literary theory survived in the Middle Ages.

Keywords: dīwāns; Elʿazar ben Yaʿaqov ha-Bavli; Hebrew poetry; Judaeo-Arabic poetry



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