‘The Tale of the Cairene and the Countryman’

A Late Judaeo-Arabic Narrative Revisited

  • Magdalen M. Connolly University of Cambridge


This short article offers a revised transcription and English translation of Qiṣṣat al-maṣrī wa-l-rīfī ‘The Tale of the Cairene and the Countryman’ as found in AIU VII.C.16, with grammatical notes. This new edition of the text demonstrates that Goitein’s (1972) rendering of the manuscript concealed significant orthographic features, which indicate a later date of composition than Goitein proposed. Since its publication, Goitein’s (1972) edition of AIU VII.C.16 has been widely used among students and scholars of Judaeo-Arabic as a guideline for dating other Judaeo-Arabic texts of the Ottoman era. The fragment’s importance in contemporary scholarship continues, rendering a revised edition an indispensable resource for future generations of Judaeo-Arabic scholars.

Keywords:  Judaeo-Arabic – Middle Arabic – orthography – folk tales – Qiṣṣat al-maṣrī wa-l-rīfī

How to Cite
Connolly, M. (2020). ‘The Tale of the Cairene and the Countryman’. Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 20, 91-104. https://doi.org/10.5617/jais.7948