By Diana Lobel
Written in Judeo-Arabic in eleventh-century Muslim Spain yet speedy translated into Hebrew, Bahya Ibn Paquda's Duties of the Heart is a profound guidebook of Jewish spirituality that has loved large recognition and impact to the current day. Readers who recognize the booklet 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 whole volume 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 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 may simply imagine he was once a Muslim, but the conventional Jewish seeker has continuously 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 technique and a pressure of Sufi mysticism, paving the best way for the mixing of philosophy and spirituality within the considered Moses Maimonides.
A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue is the 1st scholarly e-book 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 non secular reviews, relatively as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will notice a rare time while Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinkers participated in a standard religious 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