© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 ZUTOT 6.1 Also available online – brill.nl/zuto IS KARAITE POETRY DISTINCT FROM RABBANITE POETRY? SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE OEUVRE OF MOSES DAR‘ Ī Joachim Yeshaya Ghent University The present article aims to examine whether there is any sign of a Karaite mentality or literary tradition that would make poetry written by Karaites different from that of Rabbanite poets in the Muslim East. In order to achieve this, the article begins with a succinct biography of the twelfth-century Karaite poet Moses Dar‘ ī , stressing his Karaite background. This biography will be followed by a section dealing with Karaite attitudes towards poetry and modern scholarship’s assessment of Karaite poetry in comparison with Rabbanite poetry. A final section will present some Karaite features in Moses Dar‘ ī ’s poetry. Moses Dar‘ ī : A Karaite Poet from Twelfth-Century Egypt The biographical data concerning Moses Dar‘ ī ’s life are few and must be extracted from his own oeuvre. As such, the available sources are his d ī w ā n and a maq ā ma -style work attributed to the poet. 1 According to these sources, Moses Dar‘ ī may be described as a
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Published: Jan 1, 2009
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