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Folktales/Folk Literature
(1,725 words)

The folktales of the Jews who resided in Islamic countries during the Middle Ages are an important, and even foundational, layer in the cultural sphere known as the Jewish literature of the Middle Ages. The claim that the literature created during the Jewish Middle Ages must be treated as a distinct and separate corpus in the history of Jewish literature was raised only in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Although accepted by…

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David Rotman, “Folktales/Folk Literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0007870>
First published online: 2010

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