Solomon vs. Solomon: The Fabrication of a Hebrew-Shuʿūbite Polemic

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The article addresses one short poem by Solomon ibn Gabirol, We-shinei haṣevi, though less for the sake of the poem itself than as a conceptual key to Ibn Gabirol’s poetics in particular, and the relationship between Hebrew and Arabic poetries and cultures in general. The core of the poem criticizes King Solomon, who, in his Song of Songs, compares the teeth of the beautiful beloved to a herd of ewes. The article suggests reading the poem against the backdrop of the poetic attacks by the contemporary shuʿūbiyya movement on classical Arabic motives, and leads to the conclusion that it aimed to tighten the bonds between the Arabic and Hebrew poetries and cultures of the time by giving the impression that their glorious pasts were closely intertwined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication'His Pen and Ink are a Powerful Mirror'
Subtitle of host publicationAndalusi, Judaeo-Arabic, and Other Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Ross Brann
EditorsAdam Bursi, S.J. Pearce, Hamza Zafer
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789004407541
ISBN (Print)9789004369139
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameChristians and Jews in Muslim Societies
ISSN (Print)2212-5523

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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