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Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus

A self-depiction by the Muslims in Iberia. Taken from the Tale of Bayad and Riyad.

This is definitely on my “to read” shelf. It’s an expensive text, get your local library to purchase a copy.:

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and home-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to scriptural characters and storylines.

This book examines the ways in which the scriptural referents fit in with, or differ from, the traditional Andalusian poetic conventions. The study then proceeds to compare the scriptural stories and characters as presented in the poems with their scriptural and exegetical sources. This new intertextual analysis reveals that the Jewish and Muslim scholar-poets utilized their sacred literature in their poems of desire as more than poetic ornamentation; in employing Qur’anic heroes in their secular verses, the Muslim poets presented a justification of profane love and sanctification of erotic human passions. In the Hebrew lust poems, which utilize biblical heroes, we can detect subtle, subversive, and surprisingly placed interpretations of biblical accounts.

Moving beyond the concern with literary history to challenge the traditional boundaries between secular and religious poetry, this book provides a new, multidisciplinary, approach to existing materials and will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers of Islamic and Jewish Studies as well as to those with an interest in Hebrew and Arabic poetry of Islamic Spain.

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  • Yausari

    You missed a spot. EVERYWHERE!

  • Jekyll

    More like a dying janitor who is doing his best to clean up the vomit left and right…but whatever shoot down arrows from your ivory tower .

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Are you the spokesman for what Muslims feel and want?

    Unfortunately Jekyll you appear to “essentialize” Islamic and Muslim history using the same methodology that Islamophobes do [I am not calling you an Islamophobe], i.e. reconstructing the history of Muslims and Islam by projecting 21st century biases and prejudices onto it. You do not know how these societies/cultures viewed or interacted with such issues.

    Essentialization of Islamic and Muslim history has a lot to do with Islamophobia and Orientalism.

    Scholarly efforts that translate the large corpus of literature/manuscripts that remain untranslated add to our knowledge of history/society/religion and often disarm anti-Muslim bigots attempt to weaponize history and use it as a blunt instrument to smash Muslims over the head.

  • wjshelton

    * smh *

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Because I don’t even think they want the option. In their minds even teaching Arabic somehow promotes Islam and everything bad that they think goes with it.

  • mindy1

    If it’s only an option why get mad?

  • mindy1

    Hmm interesting 😉

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Speaking of Arabic, Anti Muslim loons apparently really don’t like it.

    Course Conniption: Ala. Residents Throw Fit Over Arabic Language Classes In Local High School

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