Michael Rand’s The Evolution of al-Ḥarizi’s Taḥkemoni investigates the stages whereby the text of al-Ḥarizi’s maqama collection as we currently know it, on the basis of manuscripts (and the editio princeps), came into being during al-Ḥarizi’s travels in the East over the course of approximately the last ten years of his life. The discussion is based on a close examination of the textual evidence, the investigation of a number of relevant literary motifs, and a comparison to al-Ḥarizi’s model, the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī. The book includes a catalogue of fragments of the Taḥkemoni in the Genizah and Firkovitch IIA collections, and some previously unpublished material that can reasonably be claimed to belong to a heretofore unattested version of the Taḥkemoni.
Michael Rand, Ph.D. (2003), New York University, is currently a University Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous studies in the field of Late Antique Hebrew Liturgical Poetry as well as a number works pertaining to the codicological aspects of the poetry of the Hebrew Golden Age in Spain.
The main audience for this work are specialists and students in the field of Golden-Age Spanish Hebrew poetry and the maqama literature, along with academic libraries.