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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 super reputation and impact to the current day. Readers who comprehend the ebook essentially in its Hebrew model have most probably overpassed 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 finds Bahya as a maverick who integrates summary adverse theology, devotion to the interior existence, 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 might simply imagine he used to be a Muslim, but the normal Jewish seeker has continually regarded to him as a fountainhead of Jewish devotion. certainly, Bahya represents a real bridge among non secular cultures. He brings jointly, to boot, a rationalist, philosophical method and a pressure of Sufi mysticism, paving the way in which for the mixing of philosophy and spirituality within the considered Moses Maimonides.

A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue is the 1st scholarly booklet 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 reports, quite as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will detect a unprecedented time while Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinkers participated in a standard religious quest, throughout traditions and cultural boundaries.

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