José Martínez Delgado, professor at the University of Granada, will speak this afternoon at 6 p.m. at the Centro Sefarad-Israel on the handwritten documents collected in his new book, which reflect the daily life of the Jews of Al-Andalus from the 10th to the 12th centuries.
The work, co-written with Israeli researcher Amir Ashur, is an anthology of 22 Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew documents written during the 10th-12th centuries. All of them were found in the well-known Guenizah of the Cairo synagogue and are now mostly preserved at Cambridge University (UK). Some of them are already known, others include some novelty, others are coming to light now, and most of them are being translated in full into Spanish for the first time. They include handwritten letters by Maimonides himself, Judah Halevi or Isaac Ibn Ezra. Each one of them shows or reflects that intimate and/or everyday moment that led to their writing. These texts are one of the few surviving material vestiges of the thriving community that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula. This anthology is one of the best and most reliable journeys into the Andalusian past, as experienced by the Andalusians themselves. The conference can only be followed on Centro Sefarad-Israel’s YouTube channel, at this link.