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Judeo-Persian Language
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Judeo-Persian is the common term for the language of all New Persian documents written in Hebrew script. Despite several differences from standard New Persian, it is not a distinct language but the local Persian dialect of the various regions where it emerged. The earliest Judeo-Persian document is the Tang-i Azao inscription, the oldest written example of New Persian. From the 8th-13th centuries only a few documents of religious or secular content have survived. The real beginning of Judeo-Persian literature, associated with th…

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Leicht, Reimund, “Judeo-Persian Language”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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