New PDF release: A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue: Philosophy and Mysticism in Bahya

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 large attractiveness and impression to the current day. Readers who comprehend the e-book basically 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 complete quantity to which Duties of the Heart marks the flowering of the "Jewish-Arab symbiosis," the interpenetration of Islamic and Jewish civilizations.

Lobel finds Bahya as a maverick who integrates summary unfavorable theology, devotion to the interior lifestyles, and an intimate dating with a private God. Bahya emerges from her research as a determine so steeped in Islamic traditions that an Arabic reader may simply imagine he was once a Muslim, but the normal Jewish seeker has continuously seemed 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 combination of philosophy and spirituality within the considered Moses Maimonides.

A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue is the 1st scholarly ebook in English a couple of significantly influential paintings of medieval Jewish notion and may be of curiosity to readers operating in comparative literature, philosophy, and spiritual reviews, quite as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will notice a unprecedented time while Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinkers participated in a standard non secular quest, throughout traditions and cultural boundaries.

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