Maimonides as Muslim Theologian: Al-Kawtharī's Edition of al-Tabrīzī's Commentary on Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

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Abstract

The article focuses on a Muslim commentary on a section from Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, written by a 13th-century Persian scholar. Whereas the first part of the article briefly discusses the reception of Maimonides' Guide in medieval Islam, the nature of the commentary, and the identity of its composer, the second and main part discusses a mid-20th-century Egyptian critical edition of the commentary. This part focuses on the Muslim editor's preface to the commentary, in which he depicts Maimonides and his Guide in a positive light, against the negative portrayal of Jews and Judaism. The contemporary political context is suggested as a motive for this apologetic and polemical depiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalZutot
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • Guide for the Perplexed
  • Maimonides
  • anti-Judaism
  • theology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • General Arts and Humanities

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