The Andalusi literary & intellectual tradition : the role of Arabic in Judah ibn Tibbon's ethical will / S.J. Pearce.
- Other Title:
- Andalusi literary and intellectual tradition
- Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 
- Indiana series in Sephardi and Mizrahi studies.
Indiana series in Sephardi and Mizrahi studies
xi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Tibon, Yehudah ibn, approximately 1120-approximately 1190. Igeret ha-musar.
Hebrew literature, Medieval -- Spain -- Andalusia -- Arabic influences.
- "Beginning in 1172, Judah ibn Tibbon, who was called the father of Hebrew translators, wrote a letter to his son that was full of personal and professional guidance. The detailed letter, described as an ethical will, was revised through the years and offered a vivid picture of intellectual life among Andalusi elites exiled in the south of France after 1148. S.J. Pearce sets this letter into broader context and reads it as a document of literary practice and intellectual values. She reveals how ibn Tibbon, as a translator of philosophical and religious texts, explains how his son should make his way in the family business and how to operate, textually, within Arabic literary models even when writing for a non-Arabic audience. While the letter is also full of personal criticism and admonitions, Pearce shows Ibn Tibbon making a powerful argument in favor of the continuation of Arabic as a prestige language for Andalusi Jewish readers and writers, even in exile outside of the Islamic world"-- Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: "The preface of every book is its first part": an overview of materials and methodology
1. "Pen, I recount your favor!": reading, writing, and translating in memory of al- Andalus
2. "Examine your Hebrew books monthly and Arabic books bimonthly": autobiography and bibliography in the Islamic West
3. "On every Sabbath, read ... the Bible in Arabic": reading the Hebrew Bible as Arabic literature
4. "The words of the ancient poets": poetics between Jewish and Islamic scripture
5. "The Arab sage said": transmitting Arabic philosophy in translation
6. "From vessel to vessel": the reception and reimagining of the Tibbonid Project
Conclusion: "This book has been completed": looking back and ahead at al-Andalus in Translation
Appendix: Judah ibn Tibbon's Ethical Will: a new translation.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Pearce, Sarah Jean, 1983- author. Andalusi literary and intellectual tradition.
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