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Author Russ-Fishbane, Elisha,
Title Judaism, Sufism, and the pietists of medieval Egypt : a study of Abraham Maimonides and his time / Elisha Russ-Fishbane.
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition First edition.

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Author Russ-Fishbane, Elisha,
Series Oxford studies in Abrahamic religions
Oxford studies in Abrahamic religions.
Subject Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon, 1186-1237.
Judaism -- Relations -- Islam -- History -- To 1500.
Islam -- Relations -- Judaism -- History -- To 1500.
Pietists -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Description 1 online resource.
Edition First edition.
Summary This volume examines the intertwined history of Jewish and Islamic mysticism through a multifaceted study of Egyptian Jewish pietism during the period of Abraham Maimonides (1186-1237) and his circle, from its rise in the late twelfth century through its apex in the mid-thirteenth. The book traces the history and development of the pietist movement, including its origins, scope, communal impact, and far-reaching religious reforms, through an examination of literary manuscripts and documentary fragments from the Cairo Genizah.
Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt' addresses the extraordinary rise and inner life of the Egyptian pietist movement in the first half of the thirteenth century. The creative engagement with the dominant Islamic culture was always present, even when unspoken. Dr Russ-Fishbane calls attention to the Sufi subtext of Jewish pietiem, while striving not to reduce its spiritual synthesis and religious renewal to a set of political calculations. Ultimately, no single term or concept can fully address the creative expression of pietism that so animated Jewish society and that left its mark in numerous manuscripts and fragments from medieval Egypt. Russ-Fishbane offers a nuanced examination of the pietist sources on their own terms, drawing as far as possible upon their own definitions and perceptions. Jewish society in thirteenth-century Egypt reflects the dynamic reexamination by a venerable community of its foundational texts and traditions, even of its very identity and institutions, viewed and reviewed in the full light of its Islamic environment.0The historical legacy of this religious synthesis belongs at once to the realm of Jewish culture, in all its diversity and dynamism, as well as to the broader spiritual orbit of Islamicate civilization.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Social foundations. The making of a movement ; Ideals and institutions -- Prayer and the synagogue. The devotional life ; Prayer reforms -- Prophecy and messianism. The return of prophecy ; From prophecy to redemption.
Note Online resource; title from home page (viewed on July 21, 2015).
ISBN 9780191795497 (ebook)
0191795496 (ebook)
OCLC # 919190797
Additional Format Print version 9780198728764

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