From Kurdistan to Baghdad: The transfer of visual knowledge during the early modern period

Eliezer Baumgarten

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Abstract

The paper addresses two themes that have not received the attention they deserve in the existing research: the presence of Kabbalah in Kurdistan and the transfer of visual Kabbalistic knowledge between different cultures. It describes the way in which Italian visual objects were transferred to Kurdistan at the beginning of the seventeenth century, how they were adapted to Kurdish culture, and how they were then relocated and readapted following the immigration of Rabbinic Kurdish families to Bagdad. The article focuses on the work of two scholars from Kurdistan: R. Yehoshua b. R. David and R. Yehuda b. Pinhas.. These two kabbalists created a kabbalistic ilan (literally: tree), a complex diagram consisting of drawings and texts and relating to the spheres of divine emanation. The ilan, based on Italian knowledge, teaches us about the various relations between Italy and Kurdistan in the seventeenth century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalArs Judaica
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History
  • Linguistics and Language

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