The Book of Direction to the Duties of the Heart (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)

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From the original Arabic version of Bahya Ben Joseph Ibn Paquda's al-Hidaya ila Fara'id al-Qulub. Introd., trans. and notes by Menahem Mansoor, Sara Arenson, and Shoshana Dannhauser. 1973. 480 p. Bibliog. One of the most important works of Jewish philosophy and ethics, composed in the early 12th century. The author was very much influenced by the neo-Platonism of his age, as well as by the Muslim mystical ideas of the Sufis.

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Mansoor, Chairman, Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin.

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"The accepted and normative translation ... reliable and readable. This book belongs in even the smallest collections of Judaica, as well as of ethical literature." -- Choice


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Bahya Ibn Pakuda (Author), Menahem Mansoor (Editor), M. Mansoor (Translator)
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Book Description Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. This is the first complete English translation from the original arabic of one of the most important works of Jewish philosophy and ethics, composed in the early 12th century. Bahya Ibn Pakuda was born c. 1050, and lived for some time in Saragossa in Spain. His major work was written in Arabic, but it is most well-known by its Hebrew title Hovot ha-Levavot (Duties of the Heart). It enjoyed enormous popularity and was reprinted many times. In the book Bahya investigates the motivation of Jewish practice and embarks on a philosophical enquiry into the nature of God, religion, and man. He was very much influenced by the Neoplatonism of his age, as well as by the Muslim mystics. This edition by Menahem Mansoor is the first translation of the work from the original Arabic text, and this shows a number of variations from the Hebrew version. He has added an Introduction and Notes which draw attention to the influences on Bahya's thought and to other relevant material. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 042888

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