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Title: Genizah Research after 90 Years: The Case of Judaeo-Arabic
Author: Blau, Joshua Stefan C Reif
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1992
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521417730
Volumes: 1; Pages: 190
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This volume contains twenty-one studies of various aspects of Judaeo-Arabic, the language spoken by Jews living in the Muslim countries of the Middle Ages. Using mainly the manuscript treasures found in the depository (Genizah) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, the essays, by an international group of scholars belonging to the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies, not only deal with linguistic, literary and philosophical ideas of the Jews, but also touch on medicine, magic and relations with other religions. It is the most up-to-date treatment of the subject available in English.ContentsPrefaceAbbreviations and Transliteration1. Introductory remarks: semitic scholarship at Cambridge2. Some new sources for the study of the text and language of Saadya's translation of the Pentateuch into Judaeo-Arabic3. Traces of Judah Ibn Quraysh in manuscript, particularly in Genizah fragments4. Some Genizah fragments on the duty of the nations to keep the mosaic law5. On a fragment of the oldest Judaeo-Arabic Bible translation extant6. Saadya Gaon on the limits of liturgical flexibility7. A hymn of praise and a letter of supplication from the Cairo Genizah8. "Words beautifully put": Hebrew versus Arabic in tenth-century Jewish literature9. Mukhtasar (an abridgement of) Hidayat al-Qari: a grammatical treatise discovered in the Genizah10. Daniel Ibn al-Mashita's Taqwim al-Adyan: new light on the oriental phase of the Maimonidean controversy11. Responsa of Abraham Maimonides on a debtor's travails12. Arabis elements in the Hebrew of the Byzantine Karaites13. Medical texts in Judaeo-Arabic from the Genizah15. Qissat Mujadalat al-Usquf and Nestor ha-komer: the earliest Arabic and Hebrew Jewish anti-Christian polemics16. The lexical element in David Alfasi's dictionary definitions17. An Iraqi Judaeo-Arabic version of Ma'aseh Avraham: some literary and linguistic features18. The genealogy of Sefo (Swjar) ben Elifaz: the importance of a Genizah fragment for Josippon's history19. Taqdir and its counterparts in mediaeval Judaeo-Arabic20. Qissat Mujadalat al-Usquf: a case study in polemical literature21. The magical texts in the Cairo GenizahIndexes.