This volume contains selected, refereed papers from the ninth conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies held at Emory University, Atlanta, in 1999. The title of this volume, Esoteric and Exoteric Aspects in Judeo-Arabic Culture highlights the theme running through many of the conference papers: the diversity and vitality of Judeo-Arabic culture. The volume represents the interdisciplinary nature of the field. There are articles on Jewish thought, philosophy and mysticism, language and linguistics, religious studies, intellectual and social history, law, biblical exegesis, and more. The book is an important contribution to our understanding of Judeo-Arabic society in the Middle Ages.
Benjamin H. Hary, Ph.D. (1987) in Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Hebrew, Arabic and Linguistics at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA. He has published extensively on Judeo-Arabic language and linguistics (including Multiglossia in Judeo-Arabic, Brill, 1992), Arabic dialectology, Jewish languages and Corpus Linguistics.
Haggai Ben-Shammai, Ph.D. (1978) in Arabic Language and Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; President of the Society of Judeo-Arabic Studies. He has published extensively and edited several books on Judaeo-Arabic Bible exegesis and philosophy, Karaites and Karaism, history of Jewish communities in Islamic countries, Islamic philosophy and Qur’an exegesis.
All those interested in Judeo-Arabic studies, religious studies, history of religion, Judaism, Islam, Jewish and Muslim Law, Bible and Qur’an, Jewish and Muslim philosophy, and literary and linguistic studies.