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Title: Isaac ibn Khalfun: A Wandering Hebrew Poet of the Eleventh Century
Author: Brener, Ann
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004124158
Volumes: 1; Pages: x , 194
List Price in Cloth: $156.00 Our price: $131.99
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A unique figure in medieval Jewish history, Isaac ibn Khalfun was a professional poet during the Golden Age of Hebrew poetry in Spain. Like the Arabic poets of his day, Ibn Khalfun wandered throughout the Mediterranean east in search of wealthy patrons, writing panegyrics for those who complied, and witty, often pointed requests for payment from those who did not. His poems, which were not rediscovered until the twentieth century, are as fascinating for their literary quality as for the light which they shed on medieval Jewish society in the lands of Islam.