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By Diana Lobel

Written in Judeo-Arabic in eleventh-century Muslim Spain yet fast 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 recognize the booklet basically 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 damaging 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 normal Jewish seeker has continually appeared to him as a fountainhead of Jewish devotion. certainly, Bahya represents a real bridge among non secular 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 e-book in English a few significantly influential paintings of medieval Jewish concept and may be of curiosity to readers operating in comparative literature, philosophy, and non secular experiences, fairly as mirrored within the interaction of the civilizations of the center East. Readers will detect a rare time while Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thinkers participated in a standard religious quest, throughout traditions and cultural boundaries.

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