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Abraham Maimuni'S Prayer Reforms: Continuation Or Revision Of His Father'S Teachings?

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Abraham Maimuni's outspoken admiration of the preparations and positions attending prayer in Islam and his adapting them to Jewish prayer are remarkably unique phenomena. Some words are in order on Maimuni's pseudo-Islamic prayer reforms as seen from the perspective of his family history. Maimonides remained unbending is his rejection of Islam as a divinely revealed religion and of Muhammad as a prophet. He took up the theme in several of his writings, especially in his Epistle to Yemen. Following his father's demise in December 1204, Abraham Maimuni, then eighteen years old, moved to assume the position of Head of the Jews in Egypt, and by 1213 he assumed the title Nagid. As with his father's headship, Abraham's was born in discord and survived in constant controversy. In conclusion, Abraham Maimuni continued a certain pattern begun by his father and to a certain extant by his grandfather.

Keywords: Abraham Maimuni; Jewish prayer; Maimonides; prayer reforms; pseudo-Islamic prayer



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