KABBALAH IN ITALY, 1280-1510
A Survey

MOSHE IDEL
512pp 2011 LIST PRICE: £57.00 P649

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This sweeping survey of the history of Kabbalah in Italy represents a major contribution from one of the world's foremost scholars of the doctrine. Idel charts the ways that Kabbalistic thought and literature developed in Italy and how its unique geographical situation facilitated the arrival of both Spanish and Byzantine Kabbalah. He analyses the work of three major Kabbalists – Abraham Abulafia, Menahem Recanati and Yohanan Alemanno – who represent diverse schools of thought: the ecstatic, the theosophical-theurgical and the astromagical. Directing special attention to the interactions and tensions among these forms of Jewish Kabbalah and the nascent Christian Kabbalah, Idel brings to light the rich history of Kabbalah in Italy and its powerful influence on the emergence of Christian Kabbalah and European occultism in general.