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Maimonides in His World : Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker.

Author/Creator:
Stroumsa, Sarah.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2009.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (245 pages)
Series:
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Ser.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Ser. ; v.34
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Subjects:
Maimonides, Moses, -- 1135-1204.
Philosophy, Medieval.
Intellectual life -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
While the great medieval philosopher, theologian, and physician Maimonides is acknowledged as a leading Jewish thinker, his intellectual contacts with his surrounding world are often described as related primarily to Islamic philosophy. Maimonides in His World challenges this view by revealing him to have wholeheartedly lived, breathed, and espoused the rich Mediterranean culture of his time. Sarah Stroumsa argues that Maimonides is most accurately viewed as a Mediterranean thinker who consistently interpreted his own Jewish tradition in contemporary multicultural terms. Maimonides spent his entire life in the Mediterranean region, and the religious and philosophical traditions that fed his thought were those of the wider world in which he lived. Stroumsa demonstrates that he was deeply influenced not only by Islamic philosophy but by Islamic culture as a whole, evidence of which she finds in his philosophy as well as his correspondence and legal and scientific writings. She begins with a concise biography of Maimonides, then carefully examines key aspects of his thought, including his approach to religion and the complex world of theology and religious ideas he encountered among Jews, Christians, Muslims, and even heretics; his views about science; the immense and unacknowledged impact of the Almohads on his thought; and his vision of human perfection. This insightful cultural biography restores Maimonides to his rightful place among medieval philosophers and affirms his central relevance to the study of medieval Islam.
Contents:
Cover
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
CHAPTER ONE: Maimonides and Mediterranean Culture
Mediterranean Cultures
Maimonides as a Mediterranean Thinker
Horizons
Transformations in the Jewish World
Maimonides and Saadia
CHAPTER TWO: The Theological Context of Maimonides' Thought
Islamic Theology
Heresies, Jewish and Muslim
CHAPTER THREE: An Almohad "Fundamentalist"?
Almohads
Maimonides and the Almohads
Legal Aspects
Theology
Exegesis and Political Philosophy
Philosophy and Astronomy
Conclusion
CHAPTER FOUR: La Longue Durée: Maimonides as a Phenomenologist of Religion
Sabians
Maimonides as an Historian of Religion
"A Wise and Understanding People?": The Religion of the People
CHAPTER FIVE: A Critical Mind: Maimonides as Scientist
Medicine and Science
"Ravings": Maimonides' Concept of Pseudo- Science
CHAPTER SIX: "From Moses to Moses": Maimonides' Vision of Perfection
"True Felicity": The Hereafter in Maimonides' Thought
Issues of Life and Death: The Controversy Regarding Resurrection
"Gates for the Righteous Nation": The Philosopher as Leader
CONCLUSION
Bibliography
Index
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Stroumsa, Sarah Maimonides in His World
ISBN:
9781400831326
9780691152523
OCLC:
697174324