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Criticism of the estates in Judah Al-Ḥarizi’s book of Taḥkemoni and in european-christian literature of the thirteenth century: affinity and distinction

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Satire in general, and estates satire in particular, was the most prevalent genre of writing in European-Christian literature of the thirteenth century. This chapter illustrates the resemblance between the Book of Taḥkemoni and estates satire through the discussion of six components: (1) an enumeration of the estates mentioned in the Book of Taḥkemoni ; (2) the classes Judah al-ḥarizi chose to satirize; (3) the individual as a representative of a group; (4) the satiric flaws condemned; (5) the gap between ideal and reality; (6) remedies for the satirical flaws. The chapter compares by briefly pointing to the differences, changes, and alterations in Book of Taḥkemoni that distinguish it from both Arabic and European-Christian literatures, proving it to be an independent work that consciously used estates satire as a method to criticize the relevant classes in Jewish society.

Keywords: Book of Taḥkemoni ; estates satire; European-Christian literature; Judah al-ḥarizi



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