• Sites of Controversy: Jews Debating Philosophy between Iberia and Occitania in the Fourteenth Century

    Author(s):
    Tamar Marvin (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Intellectual history, Medieval, Jewish culture, Medieval philosophy, Medieval heresy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/sm1d-hc48
    Abstract:
    The extant sources of the Maimonidean controversies demonstrate that medieval Jewish intellectual culture was fundamentally sited in actual encounters and interactions. Such interactions often took place around the practices of writing, conveying, receiving, and discussing letters, social activities governed by communal norms. Whether in the course of collaborating with co-writers, seeking signatories in support of a proposition contained in the letter text, or congregating at an established meeting to discuss a newly arrived letter, those involved in the controversies were actively, socially engaged in addressing the problems raised by the incompatibility of the Greco- Islamic rationalist tradition with rabbinic principles. Through a careful examination of the rich letter collection Minḥat Qena ʾot from the Maimonidean controversy of 1304– 1306, this paper details the modes of encounter among discussants in the acrimonious cultural debate.
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