Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds

Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds

Joel L. Kraemer


This authoritative biography of Moses Maimonides, the most influential minds in all of human historical past, illuminates his lifestyles as a thinker, health practitioner, and lawgiver. A biography on a grand scale, it brilliantly explicates one man’s existence opposed to the history of the social, spiritual, and political problems with his time.

Maimonides used to be born in Córdoba, in Muslim-ruled Spain, in 1138 and died in Cairo in 1204. He lived in an Arab-Islamic atmosphere from his early years in Spain and North Africa to his later years in Egypt, the place he was once immersed in its tradition and society. His lifestyles, profession, and writings are the top expression of the intertwined worlds of Judaism and Islam.

Maimonides lived in tumultuous instances, on the top of the Reconquista in Spain and the Crusades in Palestine. His enormous compendium of Jewish legislations, the Mishneh Torah, turned a foundation of all next Jewish felony codes and taken him popularity as one of many optimal lawgivers of humankind. In Egypt, his education as a doctor earned him a spot within the entourage of the nice Sultan Saladin, and he wrote clinical works in Arabic that have been translated into Hebrew and Latin and studied for hundreds of years in Europe. As a thinker and scientist, he contributed to arithmetic and astronomy, good judgment and ethics, politics and theology. His Guide of the Perplexed, a masterful interweaving of spiritual culture and clinical and philosophic proposal, stimulated generations of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish thinkers.

Now, in a stunning paintings of scholarship, Joel Kraemer tells the total tale of Maimonides’ wealthy lifestyles. MAIMONIDES is without delay a portrait of an outstanding old determine and an day trip into the Mediterranean global of the 12th century. Joel Kraemer attracts on a wealth of unique assets to re-create a outstanding interval in heritage while Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions clashed and mingled in a surroundings alive with excessive highbrow trade and spiritual clash.

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