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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 668 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DUNASH, the name of two Jewish scholars of the loth century. 1. DUNASH BEN LABRAT, grammarian and poet, belonged to the brilliant circle attracted to Cordova by IJasdai, and took a large share in promoting the Jewish " Golden Age " under the Moors in Andalusia. Dunash not only helped in the foundation of a school of scientific philology, but adapted Arabian metres to Hebrew verse, and thereby gave an impulse to the neo-Hebraic poetry, which reached its highest level in Spain. 2. DUNASH IBN TJ MIM was, like the preceding, a leader in the critical study of language among Arabic-speaking Jews. Professor Bacher says of him: " In the history of Hebrew philology, Ibn Tamim ranks as one of the first representatives of the systematic comparison of Hebrew and Arabic." The philological researches of the loth century were closely associated with the Spanish-Moorish culture of the period. (I. A.)
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