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[Only Ed.] Dr. Josef Horovitz
Frankfort am Main
Korsand & Co.
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Only edition. 16 pp. plus title wrappers, 238:167 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
Dr. Josef Horovitz (1874–1931), German orientalist. Horovitz, the son of Marcus Horovitz, was born in Lauenburg, Germany. He studied at the University of Berlin with Edward Sachau and taught there from 1902. He worked in India from 1907 to 1914, teaching Arabic at the Muhammedan Anglo-Oriental College of Aligarh and serving as the curator of Islamic inscriptions for the Indian government. In this capacity he edited the collection Epigraphia Indo-Moslemica (1909–12). Some years after he had left India, Horovitz published Indien unter britischer Herrschaft (1928). Returning to Germany, he taught Semitic languages at the University of Frankfort from 1914 to his death. As a member of the board of trustees of Hebrew University from its inception, Horovitz created the department of oriental studies, became its director, and initiated its collective project, the concordance of early Arabic poetry. At first Horovitz devoted himself to the study of Arabic historical literature and then to early Arabic poetry. His major work was a commentary on the Koran, which he did not complete. He translated the poetry miscellany Kumit El ha-Asimiat (1904). In his Koran Studien (1926) he applied his method of detailed analysis of the language used by Muhammad and his disciples and historical insights gained from the study of the early texts themselves. He examined relations between Islam and Judaism in his "Jewish Proper Names and Derivatives in the Koran" (in HUCA, 2 (1925), 145–227; repr. 1964) and his "Das koranische Paradies" (in Scripta Universitatis atque Bibliothecae Hierosolymitanarum, Orientalia et Judaica, 1 (1923); also in Ha-Tekufah, 23 (1925), 276ff.).
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German, some Hebrew
Kind of Judaica