The Arabic background of the kuzari

Ehud Krinis

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The question of the nature and extent of Judah Halevi's engagement with diverse aspects of Arabic culture in the Kuzari is a broad and multifaceted one. In this article, I will use a large number and variety of examples in order to demonstrate Judah Halevi's remarkably fruitful contacts with Arabic culture. This culture constituted a motivating and inspiring challenge for him, and his relationship with it was a critical and creative one. The Kuzari's author ingeniously extracted concepts and worldviews belonging to various streams of Arabic culture from their original context and incorporated them into his own unique concepts and lines of thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-56
Number of pages56
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Ismāê¿īlī
  • Kalām
  • Kuzari
  • Philosophy
  • Shīê¿ī
  • Á¢ūfī

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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