by Yosef Tobi
SUMMARY: The affinity of the Jewish (Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic) muwashshah
poetry with the Muslim poetry has been studied by scholars of Arabic and Hebrew
medieval poetry. The first was S.M. Stern who coined the term “the Yemenite muwashshah”.
This term refers to the double structure of the tawshih lines of the
strophe, to which all the scholars have devoted their studies. The present
paper seeks to re-examine this affinity and to depict the similarities and
differences between the Jewish and the Muslim Yemenite muwashshahs in
regard to language, literary prestige, social use and other aspects.