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Jewish pietism of the Sufi type: A particular trend of mysticisme in Medieval Egypt

Jewish pietism of the Sufi type: A particular trend of mysticisme in Medieval Egypt

By Mireille Loubet

Bulletin du Centre de recherche français de Jérusalem, Vol.7 (2000)

Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to a poorly known trend in Judaism that developed in the medieval Jewish community of Cairo, and forms the background for the manuscript that I am in the process of translating

A brief description to the features of this manuscript will serve as an introduction to my approach, which aims at shedding light on a successful encounter between Islam and Judaism. This religious symbiosis, as exemplary as it is surprising, constitutes the framework of the “pietist” movement and pervades the essence of the manuscript itself; it also demonstrates the profound relevance of the former and the value of the latter. For these reasons it should not be disregarded at a time when inter-religious dialogue has been initiated but when instances of meaningful contact are still rare.

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