Samuel ben h ofni Gaon and His Cultural World : Texts and Studies

Samuel ben h ofni Gaon and His Cultural World : Texts and Studies

Description

Samuel ben h ofni Gaon was head of the Yeshiva of Sura in Baghdad during the cultural renaissance which characterized the Buyid period. His writings reflect the impact of Arabic literature on Jewish intellectuals at this time.
The first part of this volume presents the known details of his life and extensive writings and describes the dynamics of contemporary, tenth-century Jewish culture: the decline and temporary restoration of the yeshivot and the intellectual activity outside of them. Additionally, some of the basic concepts of his thought, strongly influenced by Mu`tazilite Kalam, are explained.
The book provides the Judeo-Arabic text and annotated English translation of two of his works on legal theory, his Treatise on the Commandments and Ten Questions, reconstructed from manuscript fragments from the Cairo Geniza.


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Details

Author(s)
David E. Sklare
Format
Hardback | 410 pages
Dimensions
155 x 235 x 29.97mm | 797g
Publication date
01 Aug 1997
Publisher
Brill
Publication City/Country
Leiden, Netherlands
Language
English, Judeo-Arabic
ISBN10
9004103023
ISBN13
9789004103023