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 large attractiveness and impact to the current day. Readers who comprehend the booklet basically in its Hebrew model have most likely overlooked the work's unique Arabic context and its immersion in Islamic mystical literature. In A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue, Diana Lobel explores the complete 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 damaging 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 conventional Jewish seeker has regularly appeared to him as a fountainhead of Jewish devotion. certainly, Bahya represents a real bridge among non secular 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 drastically influential paintings of medieval Jewish idea and should be of curiosity to readers operating in comparative literature, philosophy, and non secular reviews, fairly as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will notice 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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A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue: Philosophy and Mysticism in Bahya ibn Paquda's "Duties of the Heart" (Jewish Culture and Contexts) by Diana Lobel