Arabic Influence On Šabazian Poetry in Yemen
Foreign Languages and Literature
A new poetic form emerged among Jews in seventeenth-century Yemen. It is associated with R. Salim al-Sabazi, its most prolific practitioner. Scholars disagree on the causes for this development, some pointing to earlier models in Jewish literature, others arguing for the influence of Yemeni Arabic poetry on the genre. Here, the controversy surrounding the origins of Sabazian poetry will be discussed. A case for the influence of the semi-vernacular humayni poetry of Lower Yemeni Sufis on the early development of Sabazian poetry will be advanced.
Journal of Semitic Studies
Wagner, M. S.
(2006). Arabic Influence On Šabazian Poetry in Yemen. Journal of Semitic Studies, 51(1), 117-136.
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