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In: Traditions of Maimonideanism
Author: Tzvi Langermann

A Judaeo-Arabic Paraphrase of Ibn Gabirol’s Keter Malkhut Shlomo ibn Gabirol’s Keter Malkhut (literally ‘A Crown of Kingship’) is certainly one of the greatest of Hebrew liturgical compositions. As a devotional opus, it won for itself a place in the rite of nearly all the Jewish communities. Moreover, just like other masterpieces of world literature, it has been translated into a variety of languages. 1 In this miscellaneum I would like to describe a medieval translation of Keter Malkhut which, to the best of my knowledge, has not been noted anywhere in scholarly literature. The language of the translation is

In: Zutot
Author: Tzvi Langermann

ISSN 1053-699X print; ISSN 1477-285X online/03/020147-20 © 2003 Taylor & Francis Ltd DOI: 10.1080/1053699042000307858 The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy , August, 2003, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 147–166 Saving the Soul by Knowing the Soul: A Medieval Yemeni Interpretation of Song of Songs Y. Tzvi Langermann* 1 Department of Arabic, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900 Israel Medieval Yemen was a fertile centre of allegorical biblical interpretation. Song of Songs, more than any other book of the Hebrew Bible, invites allegorical interpretation. Nevertheless, judging from the surviving writings, Yemenite commentators were hardly stimulated by that book. Nonetheless, Zekharya

In: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
In: Monotheism & Ethics
In: Monotheism & Ethics
In: Monotheism & Ethics
In: Monotheism & Ethics


Representations of the heavens in various levels of detail can be found in a number of branches of Arabic literature. One particular genre, the hay'a texts, has as its purpose a full though non-mathematical discussion of the arrangement of the celestial orbs; hay'a writers are particularly sensitive to the philosophical requirements which all systems must meet. The pivotal work in this genre, On the Configuration, was written by Ibn al-Haytham. Later writers continued to produce works in the spirit of On the Configuration. In the east, al-Tusi and his followers developed new models; in the west, a group of thinkers tried to rediscover the models which, so they thought, were the ones endorsed by Aristotle himself.

In: Early Science and Medicine