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Maimonides in his world : portrait of a Mediterranean thinker

Author: Sarah Stroumsa
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Series: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While the great medieval philosopher, theologian, and physician Maimonides is acknowledged as a leading Jewish thinker, his intellectual contacts with his surrounding world are often described as related primarily to Islamic philosophy. Maimonides in His World challenges this view by revealing him to have wholeheartedly lived, breathed, and espoused the rich Mediterranean culture of his time." "Sarah Stroumsa  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Moses Maimonides; Moses Maimonides; Moses Maimonides; Moses Maimonides
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Stroumsa
ISBN: 9780691137636 0691137633
OCLC Number: 302414634
Description: xx, 222 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Maimonides and Mediterranean culture --
Mediterranean cultures --
Maimonides as a Mediterranean thinker --
Horizons --
Transformations in the Jewish world --
Maimonides and Saadia --
The theological context of Maimonides' thought --
Islamic theology --
Heresies, Jewish and Muslim --
An Almohad "fundamentalist"? --
Almohads --
Maimonides and the Almohads --
Legal aspects --
Theology --
Exegesis and political philosophy --
Philosophy and astronomy --
Conclusion --
La longue durée : Maimonides as a phenomenologist of religion --
Sabians --
Maimonides as an historian of religion --
"A wise and understanding people?" : the religion of the people --
A critical mind : Mamonides as scientist --
Medicine and science --
"Ravings" : Maimonides' concept of pseudo-science --
"From Moses to Moses" : Maimonides' vision of perfection --
"True felicity" : the hereafter in Maimonides' thought --
Issues of life and death : the controversy regarding resurrection --
"Gates for the righteous nation" : the philosopher as leader.
Series Title: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
Responsibility: Sarah Stroumsa.
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