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A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue: Philosophy and Mysticism in Bahya by Diana Lobel

By Diana Lobel

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 effect to the current day. Readers who comprehend the publication 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 entire 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 destructive theology, devotion to the internal 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 possibly simply imagine he was once a Muslim, but the normal Jewish seeker has continually seemed to him as a fountainhead of Jewish devotion. certainly, Bahya represents a real bridge among spiritual cultures. He brings jointly, in addition, a rationalist, philosophical technique and a pressure of Sufi mysticism, paving the best way 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 vastly influential paintings of medieval Jewish inspiration and should be of curiosity to readers operating in comparative literature, philosophy, and spiritual reviews, fairly as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will observe a unprecedented time whilst Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinkers participated in a typical non secular quest, throughout traditions and cultural boundaries.

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