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Some remarks on judeo-arabic poetical works: An arabic poem by Moshe DARʿI (ca. 1180–ca. 1240)

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This chapter discusses the Hebrew and Arabic poetry composed by Moshe Dar'i, a Karaite poet from Fatimid times who lived at the end of the twelfth and the beginning of the thirteenth century. His poetic dīwān contains equal amounts of religious and secular poetry. A recent edition of his Hebrew poetry was produced by Leon J. Weinberger, Jewish Poet in Muslim Egypt: Moses Dar'i's Hebrew Collection (Leiden, 2000). Unfortunately Weinberger, in his recent edition of Dar'i's poems, did not take into account the Arabic preface of Dar'i's Dīwān, nor some poems which were written in Arabic and sometimes mixed with Hebrew, Arabic, and Arab vernacular. The chapter provides the poetic themes of the poems in the light of Dar'i's Arabic preface and analyzes and translates one of his poems, which starts with a Hebrew section followed by mixed Hebrew-Arabic lines, whereas the last part of the poem is in Judeo-Arabic.

Keywords: Arabic poetry; dīwān; Hebrew poetry; Judeo-Arabic; Leon J. Weinberger; Moshe Dar'i



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