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The Religious Element In The War Poems Of Šemuel Ha-Nagid And In The Arabic Panegyrics In Andalusia

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This chapter discusses the main and most impressive group of poems in the section Ben Tehillim of Ha- Nagid’s Dīwān, namely the war poems, more precisely the core motif in them that sets them apart from the Arabic war poems, namely the element of religious faith. In conclusion, the introduction of a religious element into the qașīda is not an innovation of Šemuel Ha-Nagid, and it is found already in the poetry of Ibn Darrāj, his older Andalusian contemporary, and to a certain extent also in the poems of Arab poets in the East. But while the Arab poets did this for clearly political purposes, Ha-Nagid imparts to the poem the nature of a poem of national thanksgiving to God for saving the entire people of Israel from great peril.

Keywords: Šemuel Ha-nagid; Andalusia; Arabic panegyrics



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