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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer: The Liturgical Poetry of the Karaite Poet Moses ben Abraham Darʿī. A hitherto unpublished Judeo-Arabic introduction to Moses ben Abraham Darʿī poems in manuscript NLR Evr. I 802 (fol. 75a) has thrown additional light on their liturgical setting. The book analyzes Darʿī liturgical poems on the pārāshōt, as early examples of the introduction of poetry (and Andalusian poetical norms) into the Karaite liturgy. Darʿī description of his poems as piyyūṭīm, employing the term in same manner as the Andalusian Rabbanite poets (namely, as a description for liturgical poems, not for all poems with religious contents), indicates that the Karaite poet expected his audience to accept his poetry as liturgical. However, Darʿī use of other poems as prototypes does not mean his work is exclusively derivative or epigonic.

Keywords: Andalusian Rabbanite poets; Judeo-Arabic introduction; Karaite liturgy; Karaite prayer; Moses ben Abraham Darʿī poems; pārāshōt



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