"It unites in itself the advantages of this world and the next." Or as Spanish poet and philosopher Judah ha-Levi
(1075-1141 CE) put it, "Can we have hope or certainty in East or West or anywhere but in the one land full of gates that face the open gates of heaven?"
Medieval Hebrew piyyutim (prayer-poems) greatly influenced Aboab's style, particularly Judah ha-Levi
's Andalusian school.
74), a concept he adopted from the Spanish-Jewish poet Judah Ha-Levi
(1075-1242), which removed Judaism from the methodology of historicist scholarship.
The Kuzari by the Jewish poet and thinker Judah Ha-Levi
lived for a time in Andalusia, in Toledo, and in Cordoba, at the center of Jewish cultural life.
Moreover, although the medieval poet and philosopher Judah Ha-Levi
(1085-1141) proposed what we would categorize as a racial theory to explain the historic anomalies of Jewish national survival and distinctiveness, his theory cannot be considered racist, in the sense of asserting that the Jews should conquer or dominate other groups.
Noting her medical expertise, Docker reads her as part of the proud generations of Jewish physicians in the greater Islamic world, a tradition which included figures such as Maimonides and the great poet of exile, Judah ha-Levi
. Though often read as a narrative of English national culture, Docker proposes a refreshing reading that juxtaposes the violence of Saxon-Norman ambitions with profoundly attractive Jewish characters whose transnational affinities beckon to a "pluralist alt ernative to the European nation-state."