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Author Hughes, Aaron W., 1968-

Title The texture of the divine : imagination in medieval Islamic and Jewish thought / Aaron W. Hughes
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (x, 273 pages)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Reading the divine: a user's guide to the initiatory tale -- Reading between the lines: text as encounter with the divine -- Polishing a dirty mirror: the philosophic imagination -- The initiation of the philosopher: ritual poetics and the quest for meaning -- "God is beautiful and loves beauty": the role of aesthetics in medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophy -- Appendix: Ḥay ben Meqitz: an initiatory tale by Abraham ibn Ezra
Summary The Texture of the Divine explores the central role of the imagination in the shared symbolic worlds of medieval Islam and Judaism. Aaron W. Hughes looks closely at three interrelated texts known as the Hayy ibn Yaqzan cycle (dating roughly from 1000--1200 CE) to reveal the interconnections not only between Muslims and Jews, but also between philosophy, mysticism, and literature. Each of the texts is an initiatory tale, recounting a journey through the ascending layers of the universe. These narratives cu
Notes Includes the text of an English translation of Abraham ben Meïr Ibn Ezra's Ḥai ben Meḳits
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Avicenna, 980-1037. Risālat Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān.
Ibn Ṭufayl, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Malik, -1185. Risālat Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān.
Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164. Ḥai ben Meḳits
SUBJECT Risālat Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān (Avicenna) fast
Risālat Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān (Ibn Ṭufayl, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Malik) fast
Subject Imagination -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Imagination -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Image of God -- Comparative studies
Neoplatonism in literature.
Ascension of the soul.
Philosophy, Medieval.
Ascension of the soul
Image of God
Imagination -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Imagination -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Neoplatonism in literature
Philosophy, Medieval
Genre/Form Comparative studies
Form Electronic book
Author Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164. Ḥai ben Meḳits. English
LC no. 2003013824
ISBN 0253110874