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The Convergence of Judaism and IslamReligious, Scientific, and Cultural Dimensions$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036496

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036496.001.0001

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Miṣḥaf al-Shbaḥot—The Holy Book of Praises of the Babylonian Jews

Miṣḥaf al-Shbaḥot—The Holy Book of Praises of the Babylonian Jews

One Thousand Years of Cultural Harmony between Judaism and Islam

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(p.241) 13 Miṣḥaf al-Shbaḥot—The Holy Book of Praises of the Babylonian Jews
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The Convergence of Judaism and Islam
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Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036496.003.0013

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

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