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By Diana Lobel

ISBN-10: 0812239539

ISBN-13: 9780812239539

Written in Judeo-Arabic in eleventh-century Muslim Spain yet quick translated into Hebrew, Bahya Ibn Paquda's Duties of the Heart is a profound guidebook of Jewish spirituality that has loved great reputation and impression to the current day. Readers who be aware of the ebook essentially in its Hebrew model have most probably overlooked the work's unique Arabic context and its immersion in Islamic mystical literature. In A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue, Diana Lobel explores the whole volume to which Duties of the Heart marks the flowering of the "Jewish-Arab symbiosis," the interpenetration of Islamic and Jewish civilizations.

Lobel unearths Bahya as a maverick who integrates summary detrimental theology, devotion to the internal existence, and an intimate courting with a private God. Bahya emerges from her research as a determine so steeped in Islamic traditions that an Arabic reader might simply imagine he was once a Muslim, but the normal Jewish seeker has regularly regarded to him as a fountainhead of Jewish devotion. certainly, Bahya represents a real bridge among spiritual cultures. He brings jointly, besides, a rationalist, philosophical strategy and a pressure of Sufi mysticism, paving the way in which for the mixing of philosophy and spirituality within the considered Moses Maimonides.

A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue is the 1st scholarly booklet in English a couple of vastly influential paintings of medieval Jewish proposal and should be of curiosity to readers operating in comparative literature, philosophy, and non secular reports, relatively as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will realize a rare time whilst Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinkers participated in a typical non secular quest, throughout traditions and cultural boundaries.

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