<i>Miṣḥaf al-Shbaḥot</i>—The Holy Book of Praises of the Babylonian Jews

Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036496
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041810 | DOI:
Miṣḥaf al-Shbaḥot—The Holy Book of Praises of the Babylonian Jews

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This chapter complements the Andalusian poetry study and deals with the impact of Arabic Islamic paraliturgical songs on Jewish culture and Hebrew poetry, with roots in Iraq, pointing out that since the days of the Abbasid Caliphate in the lands of Islam, the content of Jewish religious poems “comprises themes and ideas that were inspired by the Quran and the Hadith as well as Arabic poetry, Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism…. It lasted more than a thousand years … and continued across the Ottoman Empire, when Islam was no longer as strong and powerful. Such influence is still evident in the Aleppo-Syrian Jewish community of New York.”

Keywords: Mishaf; paraliturgical; Babylonian Jews; Hebrew poetry; Abbasid Caliphate; Muslim Spain; Ottoman empire

Chapter.  12061 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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