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Queen Esther’s Garden


An Anthology of Judeo-Persian Literature


This anthology brings to English-language readers the riches of the Judaeo-Persian literary tradition produced by the Jewish community of Iran between the eighth and nineteenth centuries. Most of the translations were prepared specifically for this anthology from unpublished manuscripts. Extensive notes accompany each selection to clarify its meaning in Jewish and Islamic history and legend.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0161-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 8,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 416
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0161-6
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This anthology brings to English-language readers the riches of the Judaeo-Persian literary tradition produced by the Jewish community of Iran between the eighth and nineteenth centuries. Judaeo-Persian texts, written in classical Persian but using the Hebrew alphabet, reflect profound Muslim influences as well as the extent of original thought and expression among Jewish-Persian writers. The translations include fragments of early documents, verse renditions of biblical books, prayers, religious poetry, secular poetry, commentaries, and historical chronicles. Judaeo-Persian texts, written in classical Persian but using the Hebrew alphabet, reflect profound Muslim influences as well as the extent of original thought and expression among Jewish-Persian writers.

This anthology brings to English-language readers the riches of the Judaeo-Persian literary tradition produced by the Jewish community of Iran between the eighth and nineteenth centuries. Judaeo-Persian texts, written in classical Persian but using the Hebrew alphabet, reflect profound Muslim influences as well as the extent of original thought and expression among Jewish-Persian writers. The translations include fragments of early documents, verse renditions of biblical books, prayers, religious poetry, secular poetry, commentaries, and historical chronicles. Judaeo-Persian texts, written in classical Persian but using the Hebrew alphabet, reflect profound Muslim influences as well as the extent of original thought and expression among Jewish-Persian writers.

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Contributor Biography

Vera Basch Moreen

Dr. Moreen is a scholar of the history and culture of pre-modern Jewry. Born in Romania, she earned her B. A. from Princeton University (Near Eastern Studies) and Ph. D. from Harvard University (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations). She has the broad linguistic and cultural background to research the ancient and complex history of Iranian Jewry. She taught courses in Islamic Studies at numerous colleges and universities, including Swarthmore College and Franklin & Marshall College, and is the author and editor of several books and numerous scholarly articles.

  • Contents (page 7)
  • Preface (page 13)
  • A Note on the Text and the Transliterations (page 19)
  • Table of Transliteration (page 20)
  • Abbreviations (page 23)
  • Introduction (page 25)
  • Earliest Judeo-Persian Texts (page 46)
  • Biblical Epics (page 50)
  • An Apocryphal Epic (page 183)
  • Didactic Poetry (page 200)
  • Mishnah and Midrash (page 208)
  • Biblical Commentaries (page 221)
  • Religious Festivals in Sermon, Commentary and Poetry (page 230)
  • Historical Texts (page 247)
  • Polemics and Philosophy (page 272)
  • Religious Poems (page 292)
  • Panegyrics, Lyrical Poems, Quatrains (page 313)
  • Notes (page 327)
  • Bibliography (page 397)
  • Index (page 413)
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