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The Chase As An Allegory For The Wrong And Sufferings In The World As Found In Taḥkemoni By Yehuda Alḥarizi Against The Background Of Arabic Poetry

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The subject of 'the Chase' only comes up once in mediaeval Hebrew literature, in the twenty-fifth maqāma in Taḥkemoni. The subject of 'the Chase,' generally speaking, whether in Arabic culture or in Arabic verse, has produced several monographs since the days of the Middle Ages. As usual in classical maqāma literature, the maqāma opens and closes with the story's simple narrative, lacking in meaning with regard to the principal story that unfolds. This chapter focuses on the entire work in which Alḥarizi revealed his great talent as a composer of maqāma, giving to his works a profound new insight and meaning, while releasing them from the exclusiveness of grammatical and rhetorical virtuosity. The Hebrew translation of the compositions treating on philosophy, science and religion taken from, both, Arabic and Judeo-Arabic sources.

Keywords: Arabic poetry; maqāma; Taḥkemoni; the Chase; Yehuda Alḥarizi



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