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Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi’s Pilgrimage

Raymond P. Scheindlin

Abstract

Judah Halevi, the great medieval Hebrew poet, abandoned home and family in Spain (al-Andalus) at the end of his life and traveled east to die in the Holy Land. This book narrates his journey, quoting from Arabic letters by Halevi and his friends, and explores its meaning through analysis of his Hebrew poems. The poems are presented both in Hebrew and in new English verse translations and are provided with full commentary. The discussion introduces Halevi’s circle of Jewish businessmen and intellectuals in al-Andalus and Egypt, examines their way of life, and describes their position vis-à-vis ... More

Keywords: Judah Halevi, Judeo-Arabic culture, Hebrew literature, Islamic Spain, al-Andalus, pilgrimage, medieval Hebrew poetry, geniza, Judaism and Islam, verse translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195315424
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315424.001.0001

Authors

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Raymond P. Scheindlin, author
Jewish Theological Seminary
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