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 attractiveness and impact to the current day. Readers who recognize the publication 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 total quantity 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 unfavourable 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 perhaps 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 spiritual cultures. He brings jointly, in addition, a rationalist, philosophical strategy 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 greatly influential paintings of medieval Jewish notion and should be of curiosity to readers operating in comparative literature, philosophy, and spiritual reviews, rather as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will become aware of a unprecedented time while 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