Literary text: T-S AS 170.176

Literary text T-S AS 170.176



Small bifolio with an unusual poem or popular song in vocalized Judaeo-Arabic, with the line "you've taken me to Istanbul," and dealing with themes of lament and exile and possibly love. One section of every stanza is built on a different word "X": "...X וילא (wayla?) X איאי (ayy ayy?) X...." Dating: unclear, perhaps 14th–16th century. Needs further examination.