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K. Ad-Durr Al-Manzûm : A Sufi Collection Of Moral Aphorisms In Judaeo-Arabic

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This chapter talks about interesting example of Sufi influence on the ethical literature of the period. The book is not mentioned in the early literature and there is a strong likelihood that the work was compiled in Ottoman Egypt. On a visit to the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York in 2006, a third copy of this work - in Hebrew characters - among the as yet uncatalogued Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts in its Library was discovered. It is possible that their attention was drawn to this work by the (apocryphal) quotations from the Torah, conveyed by the Jewish converts. To remain faithful to the Judaeo-Arabic transmission, the text has been established on the basis of the two manuscripts in Hebrew characters, using B as the primary foundation while, at the same time, indicating variants from L in the critical apparatus.

Keywords: Hebrew; Jewish; Jewish Theological Seminary; Judaeo-Arabic; New York; Torah



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