students of Arabic and Judae-Arabic literature and dialectology, history, religion, sociology, ethnology and folklore.
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Moshe Piamenta is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
'Diejenigen, die sich mit irgendeinem den Jemen betreffenden Forschungsgebiet beschaftigen, werden kunftig dankbar nach diesem Werk greifen...' Walter W. Muller, Jemen-Report, 1992. 'The scholarly world must now have an almost comprehensive coverage of Judaeo-Yemeni Arabic.' G. Rex Smith, Journal of Semitic Studies, 1993.
This publication is a most comprehensive, richly-documented dictionary which presents, in local Arabic dialects and in mostly assimilated Judaeo-Yemeni dialects, the natural, geo-political, economic, and socio-cultural history of Muslim Yemen. It is also an account of the religious inter- and intra-socio-cultural and economic everyday life of the ancient Jewish communities who lived as dhimmÄ«s under Muslim rule until their mass emigration to Israel in 1948, leaving behind 5,000 co-religionists.
The dictionary is based on about 300 printed and ms sources painstakingly consulted in various libraries all over the world, and many Yemeni language informants now residing in Israel. The text of every single item is adduced, mostly in context, with reference to ms., or book, page, line, or note, and to classical and foreign etymologies. Particular attention has been paid to the dictionaries of Lane and Dozy.
This is a milestone in Arabic lexicography, complementing Dozy's 'Supplément aux dictionnaires arabes', and opening up a complete new area sorely missing in the field of Arabic Studies.
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