The Centre brings together a variety of projects of junior and senior researchers relating to Jewish-Arabic cultures, and promotes exchange and collaboration between researchers in Munich and abroad.
In pre-modern times, an estimated ninety percent of the Jewish population lived under Muslim rule, and most of these Jews spoke and wrote in Arabic. Jews had gradually adopted Arabic for most forms of spoken and written communication and produced a vast branch of Jewish literature in Arabic, usually written in Hebrew letters. The study of this important part of Jewish life has thus far been on the margins of scholarship, and is now the focus of our projects.Read more
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Exploring Confessional Boundaries: A Comparative Textual Study of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Arabic Folktales from the Pre-Modern Era
Caliphs on the Throne of Constantine: Syriac Orthodox Reassessment of Kingship in the Umayyad and Abbasid Period
Manuscript Hunters: A Research Seminar Website
Beyond Conflict and Coexistence: Towards an Entangled History of Jewish-Arab Relations
Saadya Gaon's Works on the Jewish Calendar: Near Eastern Sources and Transmission to the West
Independence and Diversity: Unknown Qaraite Bible Commentaries in Judeo-Arabic from the Early Classical Age
MAJLIS: The Transformation of Jewish Literature in Arabic in the Islamicate World
Judeo-Arabic Bible Exegesis and Translations in the Firkovitch Manuscript Collections
Jewish Book Culture in the Islamicate World
Communities of Knowledge: Interreligious Networks of Scholars in Ibn Abi Usaybiʿa's "History of the Physicians"
Studies on Simʿān ibn Kalīl's Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew: Critical Edition, Translation and Research on the Religious-Historical Significance of the Work
Masterclass on Geonic Responsa in Munich with Dr. Zvi Stampfer (Hebrew University Jerusalem)In this workshop, we will examine various aspects of the Geonic Responsa, including their physical features, their cultural contexts, and their contribution to the study of medieval Jewish scholarship and of Jewish history. During each session, different sources will be used. Participants will work with reference material and samples of both published and unpublished responsa.
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