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Maimonides : the life and world of one of civilization's greatest minds

Author: Joel L Kraemer
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Maimonides lived in tumultuous times, at the peak of the Reconquista in Spain and the Crusades in Palestine. His monumental compendium of Jewish law, the Mishneh Tarah, became a basis of all subsequent Jewish legal codes and brought him recognition as one of the foremost lawgivers. In Egypt, his training as a physician earned him a place in the entourage of the great Sultan Saladin, and he wrote medical works in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Moses Maimonides; Moses Maimonides
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel L Kraemer
ISBN: 9780385511995 038551199X
OCLC Number: 149202111
Description: xvi, 621 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Andalusia --
Córdoba --
Andalusian Jewish culture --
Early studies --
Early writings --
Fez to Acre --
Refuge in Fez --
Martyrdom or survival --
Did Maimonides convert to Islam? --
The beautiful land --
Egypt: the early years --
Stranger in a foreign land --
Commentary on the Mishnah --
Saladin and the Ayyubids --
The great Rav in Israel --
Epistle to Yemen --
Moses and David --
Egypt: the middle years --
Zuta the wicked --
Communal affairs --
Responsa --
Mishneh Torah --
Egypt: the late years --
The guide of the perplexed --
The treatise on resurrection --
Epistle on astrology and lunel correspondence --
The physician.
Responsibility: Joel L. Kraemer.
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"Maimonides lived in tumultuous times, at the peak of the Reconquista in Spain and the Crusades in Palestine. His monumental compendium of Jewish law, the Mishneh Tarah, became a basis of all subsequent Jewish legal codes and brought him recognition as one of the foremost lawgivers. In Egypt, his training as a physician earned him a place in the entourage of the great Sultan Saladin, and he wrote medical works in Arabic that were translated into Hebrew and Latin and studied for centuries in Europe. As a philosopher and scientist, he contributed to mathematics and astronomy, logic and ethics, politics and theology. His Guide of the Perplexed, a masterful interweaving of religious tradition and scientific and philosophic thought, influenced generations of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish thinkers." "Now, in a dazzling work of scholarship, Joel Kraemer tells the complete story of Maimonides' rich life, Maimonides is at once a portrait of a great historical figure and an excursion into the Mediterranean world of the twelfth century. Kraemer draws on a wealth of original sources to re-create a remarkable period In history when Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions clashed and mingled in a setting alive with intense intellectual exchange and religious conflict."--Jacket.

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