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Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval EgyptA Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Times$
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Elisha Russ-Fishbane

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728764.001.0001

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Ideals and Institutions

Ideals and Institutions

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(p.89) 2 Ideals and Institutions
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Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt
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Elisha Russ-Fishbane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728764.003.0003

Chapter 2 discusses in detail the major rites and rituals at the heart of Egyptian Jewish pietism. It demonstrates that the movement was distinguished less by its mystical doctrine than by its regimen of ascetic praxis. This chapter illustrates the intricate institutional life of the movement, from the ethics of discipleship and fellowship to its distinctive spiritual discipline of fasting and meditation. It highlights the culture of music and chant in pietist praxis, from the quotidian to the contemplative. It likewise examines the symbolism and solemnity of pietist attire. These include distinctive undergarments to be worn by the adept and clothing reserved for special occasions, such as initiation cloaks to mark entry into the fraternity and special garments designated for prayer.

Keywords:   Abraham Maimonides, chant, conventicle, fasting, initiation, meditation, movement, music, pietism, shaikh

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