Title

Arabic Influence On Šabazian Poetry in Yemen

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2006

Department

Foreign Languages and Literature

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Journal of Semitic Studies

Volume

51

Issue

1

First Page

117

Last Page

136