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Yitzhaq Shami (1988-1949)
Edited by Moshe Lazar and Joseph Zernik, with Introduction by Arnold Band, 2000.
Nouvelles d'Hebron by Yitzhaq Shami (1888-1949)
Edited by Joseph Zernik. with Introduction by Arnold Band
Labor et Fides, Geneve, Switzerland, 2006
Copied below is the epilogue from the French edition.
Hebron - end of 19th century
Yitzhaq Shami (1888-1949)
Yitzhaq Shami, born in Hebron and a native Arabic speaker, was an early Modern Hebrew writer and anearly Middle Eastern Enlightenment figure. He studied in Hebron under one of the prominent rabbinicalauthorities of his generation, Rabbi Medini a teacher of law, ethics, and Kabala. However, in his teensShami was caught by the ideals of the Enlightenment, and by seventeen he left the religious academy and joined a secular teachers seminary in Jerusalem, committing himself to the revival of the Hebrew language.In his youth Shami was deeply impacted by the writing of Jirji Zaidan (1861-1914) leader of the ArabAwakening (Nahdah). Shami advocated Zaidan’s call for unity of the Moslem world and for unity of
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