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Natanaʾel al-Fayyūmī

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Author(s): Russell Harris
Fayyūmī,  Natanaʾel, a Jewish theologian of the Fāṭimid period who was heavily influenced by Ismaili cosmology. Fayyūmī was also the author of Bustān al-ʿuqūl, a 12th-century treatise written in Judeo-Arabic (i.e. Arabic written in Hebrew characters with an admixture of Hebrew words and phrases), and his name appears in the colophon of the unicum manuscript of this work ( ʿanā bi taʾlīfhā Rav Natanaʾīl Bīrav Fayyūmī). Qāfiḥ points out that his nisba, Fayyūmī and not al-Fayyūmī, is that of his family and does not indicate an origin in the town of Fayyūm in Egypt (Qāfiḥ, 11).Al-Fayyūmī live…
Date: 2022-10-14