Our Place in al-Andalus: Kabbalah,Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters(Cultural Memory in the Present)

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“This is an original and extraordinarily refined work on a question that lies somewhere in the space between history and philosophy. . . . The author handles with equal ease the range of sources, both modern and medieval. His extremely elegant organization of the material reflects, at a very advanced level, a sense of style commensurate with the sophistication of his thinking.”—Maria Rosa Menocal, Yale University
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“This is an original and extraordinarily refined work on a question that lies somewhere in the space between history and philosophy. . . . The author handles with equal ease the range of sources, both modern and medieval. His extremely elegant organization of the material reflects, at a very advanced level, a sense of style commensurate with the sophistication of his thinking.”—Maria Rosa Menocal, Yale University
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Although at first glance Maimonides' , the narratives of Ibn al-Astarkuwi, and the (the major text of the Jewish Kabbalah) seem to have little in common, they all emerged from the common cultural sphere of the Islamic Spain and were written as that sphere was coming to an end. Anidjar (Hebrew literature, Columbia U.) argues that they all placed themselves within the context of that loss, but that the way in which they were written was designed to deny the borders of the lost sphere. He offers three readings of the texts, examining their rhetoric and representations of "the end." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804741217
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Gil Anidjar is Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature at Columbia University
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Declinations of Context in Arab Jewish Letters 1
1 Maimonides, Dalala, Midrash 10
2 "Our Place in al-Andalus, [actual symbol not reproducible][actual symbol not reproducible][actual symbol not reproducible]" 57
3 The Silent Voice of the Friend: Andalusi Topographies of Scholem's Conversations (Mourning Mysticism) 102
4 Reading, Out of Context: Zohar and/as Maqama 166
Pt. 1 Zohar 171
Ibn al-Astarkuwi's Maqama "On Poetry and Prose" 219
Pt. 2 Parting Words 229
Notes 249
Bibliography 307
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