The Jews of Yemen: Studies in Their History and Culture

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 301 pages
This volume deals with one of the most peculiar Jewish communities in the Diaspora, the Jews of Yemen. Their history began a long time before the advent in 622 AD of Islam. Their political and social highpoint came during the last generations of the Judaized Yemenite Kingdom of Himyar (c. 400-525). This book contains 16 studies, encompassing various aspects of Jewish existence in Yemen as a "dhimmi" (protected) religious minority under Islam: history, social and cultural relations with the Muslim environment, culture, literature and language. Yemenite Jewish traditions are highly esteemed in the modern spiritual and artistic life of the Jewish people both in the State of Israel and in the Diaspora. All the studies in this volume (except one written in collaboration with 'Offer Livneh) are the work of one of the leading scholars of Yemenite Jewry.
 

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Contents

Chapter Two The Attitude of the Imam alHadi Founder
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Chapter Three The Jews of Yemen under Muslim Rule
34
Chapter Four The Sabbatean Activity in Yemen and
48
Chapter Five The Yemeni Jewish Community under Turkish
85
Chapter Six The Life of the Jewish Community in Rada
109
Chapter Seven The Countrywide Power of the Sana court
128
Chapter Eight JewishMuslim Relations in the Tribal
142
Chapter Nine A YemeniMuslim Short Register of Jewish
157
Chapter Twelve The Dispute in Yemeni Jewry over the 247
211
Chapter Thirteen Quadriliteral Verbs in the Spoken Arabic
227
Chapter Fourteen A JudeoArabic Version of the Predictive
242
Chapter Fifteen An ArabicHebrew Muwashshah about
255
Chapter Sixteen Trends in the Study of Yemenite Jewry
267
Bibliography
279
Index
295
List of Sources
302

Chapter Ten Activities toward Establishing a Moder n
164
Chapter Eleven Culture and Ethnography of Yemenite Jews
205

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About the author (1999)

Yosef Tobi, Ph.D. (1981) in Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Univesity of Haifa. He has published extensively on the Jews of Yemen, medieval Hebrew poetry and Judeo-Arabic literature. Editorl of "TEMA, Journal of Judeo-Yemenite Studies" (Hebrew and English).

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