Imagined Journeys: Travel Narratives in Judah Alharizi'sTahkemoni and Zachariah Aldahiri's Sefer Hamusar
This article examines two literary works of the maqama genre: The Book of Tahkemoni by Judah Al ha ri zi (13th century) and Sefer Hamusar by Zachariah Aldahiri (16th century). Both texts share genre, language and literary tradition, and they both integrate travel narratives that combine fact and fiction in interesting ways. By way of comparison, the article explores the dynamics between the real and the imaginative in the texts, and elaborates on the similarities and differences between them. Several conclusions concerning the literary and historical characteristics of both texts are singled out, and finally the article makes a distinction between Al hari zi's linear-transformative travel narrative and Aldahiri's circular-confirmatory one.