Morgan Davis, director of the Maxwell Institute’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), has announced an agreement with the University of Chicago Press to publish a new edition of Moses Maimonides’s magisterial Guide of the Perplexed. The Arabic transcription by Professor Robinson will appear side-by-side with the revered English translation of Shlomo Pines, which, after fifty years in print, is still unrivaled for its clarity and accuracy. The METI edition of the Guide will be available before the spring of 2016.
This forthcoming edition of the Guide is the first announced title of METI’s new landmark series, the Library of Judeo-Arabic Literature (LJAL). This series will publish works written by Jewish authors living within the Islamic world of the Middle Ages. Texts will be selected from across the entire range of genres represented in Judeo-Arabic literature, including philosophy, theology, Biblical interpretation, history, and many other genres.
METI is an ambitious academic project, requiring the dedicated effort of many talented scholars and editors. But it is more than a scholar’s project. Everything METI undertakes—simultaneously publishing the primary texts of many religious and philosophical traditions—is designed “to deepen understanding and nurture discipleship among Latter-day Saints and to promote mutual respect and goodwill among people of all faiths.” These are ideals to which the Institute’s namesake, Elder Neal A. Maxwell, was profoundly committed, and to which we remain equally committed today. The addition of the Library of Judeo-Arabic Literature to the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative will open new windows for readers into a world where Jewish thinkers worked productively within an Islamic context for many centuries, mingling in the marketplace with Christians and Muslims of many stripes. The cooperative effort of METI, once again involving scholars of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds, offers the hope that people of good will can match, in modern times as well as ancient, their daily actions with the peaceable teachings of their various faith traditions.
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