Teacher: Dr Ofir Haim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Class Level: Beginners, though basic knowledge of Persian is recommended
Class Schedule 2021-22: Tuesdays @ 16:00-17:00 UK Time; one-term course (Hilary Term 2022)
Class Description: The course will be dedicated to Judeo-Persian language and literature of the Jews of the Iranian world (present-day Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia). Students will be familiarized with a wide array of Judeo-Persian sources from as early as the ninth century CE onwards. By exploring these texts, we will discuss the evolution of Judeo-Persian from a diachronic and synchronic perspective, sociolinguistic aspects of Judeo-Persian, and the literary and religious heritage of Persian-speaking Jewry in its wider Jewish and Islamic contexts. Basic knowledge of Standard New Persian is not required but recommended.