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Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt
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Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Times

Elisha Russ-Fishbane

Abstract

This book 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. With a comparative focus on parallel developments in the Islamic spher ... More

Keywords: Abraham Maimonides, Cairo Genizah, comparative religion, Egypt, Islam, Judaism, messianism, mysticism, pietism, Sufism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728764.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisha Russ-Fishbane, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University