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A Sufi-Jewish dialogue : philosophy and mysticism in Baḥya Ibn Paqūda's Duties of the heart

Author: Diana Lobel
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2007.
Series: Jewish culture and contexts.
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"Written in Judeo-Arabic in eleventh-century Muslim Spain but quickly translated into Hebrew, Bahya Ibn Paquda's Duties of the Heart is a profound guidebook of Jewish spirituality that has enjoyed tremendous popularity and influence to the present day. Readers who know the book primarily in its Hebrew version have likely lost sight of the work's original Arabic context and its immersion in Islamic mystical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works to 1800
Named Person: Baḥya ben Joseph ibn Paḳuda; Baḥya ben Joseph ibn Paḳuda; Baḥye ben Yosef.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Lobel
ISBN: 0812239539 9780812239539
OCLC Number: 70867091
Description: xiv, 362 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Baḥya's work in its Judeo-Arabic context --
Philosophical mysticism in eleventh-century Spain : Baḥya and Ibn Gabirol --
On the lookout : the exegesis of a Sufi tale --
Creation --
The One --
Speaking about God : divine attributes, biblical language, and biblical exegesis --
The contemplation of creation (iʻtibār) --
Wholehearted devotion (ikhlāṣ) : purification of unity (ikhlāṣ al-Tawḥīd), purification of intention in action (ikhlāṣ al-ʻAmal) --
Reason, law and the way of the Spirit --
The spirituality of the law --
Awareness, love, and reverence (murāqaba, maḥabba, hayba/yirʼah).
Series Title: Jewish culture and contexts.
Responsibility: Diana Lobel.
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