Teacher: Maximilian Kinzler (Beginners) & Dr Ofir Haim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Advanced)
Class Level: Beginners & Advanced (basic knowledge of Persian is required for the Advanced class)
Class Schedule 2022-23: Beginners class Mondays from 18:30-19:30 UK Time, beginning during the week of 24 October 2022; Advanced class Tuesdays from 17:00-18:00 UK Time, beginning during the week of 24 October 2022
Class Length: Both 3-term classes (Michaelmas Term 2022-Trinity Term 2023)
Class Description: The classes 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 9th 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.