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Author Russ-Fishbane, Elisha, author.

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


Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford studies in Abrahamic religions
Oxford studies in Abrahamic religions
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
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 Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on July 21, 2015)
Subject Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon, 1186-1237.
Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon, 1186-1237
Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon, (1186-1237)
Maimonides, Moses, (1135-1204)
Maimonides, Abraham.
Judaism -- Relations -- Islam -- History -- To 1500
Islam -- Relations -- Judaism -- History -- To 1500
Pietists -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500
Interfaith relations
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191795497