By Benjamin Hary, Haggai Ben-Shammai
This quantity comprises chosen, refereed papers from the 9th convention of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic stories held at Emory college, Atlanta, in 1999. The identify of this quantity, "Esoteric and Exoteric points in Judeo-Arabic tradition" highlights the subject matter working via the various convention papers: the range and power of Judeo-Arabic tradition. the amount represents the interdisciplinary nature of the sector. There are articles on Jewish notion, philosophy and mysticism, language and linguistics, non secular experiences, highbrow and social background, legislation, biblical exegesis, and extra. The publication is a crucial contribution to our knowing of Judeo-Arabic society within the heart a while.
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The meaning of this verse is that the soul states using human parlance: This blackness and swarthiness, which have affected me, are not inherent in me, but have overcome me through an accidental 33 Paul B. 35 The following telling extract deals with the necessity of spiritual preparation under the guidance of a spiritual mentor. To this end, the soul is assisted by complying to the ways of the “ancient shepherds” and through the practice of solitude. ” He explains: [Fol. 1b] “If thou knowest not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock” (Cant.
19 QƗfiÜ, Megillǀt, 26. , 27. See Fenton, “Les Traces d’al-Üallæ¿, martyr mystique de l’islam, dans la tradition juive,” Annales d'islamologie XXXV (2001), 1–27. A Mystical Commentary on the Song of Songs 29 Let us return at present to the newly discovered commentary copied by R. David, which too is enthused with a number of typically Sufi concepts, as shall be demonstrated in the extracts provided below. For instance, the author employs certain Sufi technical terms which designate the spiritual stations leading to the final aim: uns (‘intimity’), qurb (‘proximity’) and fanƗ’ (‘extinction’).
Extracts Since the full Arabic text has been published by us elsewhere,32 we shall content ourselves with providing just a few extracts illustrative of the author’s use in his explanations of metaphorical exegesis and Sufi concepts. [Fol. 1a] “Look not upon me, that I am swarthy, that the sun hath tanned me” (Cant. 1:6). If thou beholdest the effect on me of the vicissitudes of existence, deem not that this effect is inherent in my divine essence. 33 I am but a 32 See above, n. 1. Cf. TanÜǌm’s commentary on this verse (Bod.