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Moses ben Joseph ha-Levi
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The biography of the philosopher Moses ben Joseph, also known by his Arabic name, Abū ʿImrān Ibn al-Lawī al-Ishbīlī, remains a mystery. He has been connected to the Abulafia family, but the claim has not yet been proven.

His work has survived mainly in extensive quotations by the famous fourteenth-century Judeo-Arabic philosopher Joseph Ibn Abraham Ibn Waqār, who admired him. The quotations are included in Ibn Waqār's Judeo-Arabic treatise Al-Maqāla al-Jāmiʿa bayn al-Falsafa wa ’l-Sharīʿa, which was translated into Hebrew as Ha-Ma'amar ha-Maskim beyn ha-Filosofiya ve-ha-Torah (T…

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Arturo Prats, “Moses ben Joseph ha-Levi”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0015780>
First published online: 2010

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