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Moses Maimonides (c 1135/1138-1204) is best known for his commentary on Jewish law and for his philosophical writings. Born in Cordova, he was distinguished, even when young, for his depth of understanding. Religious intoleration eventually caused the family to leave Spain. They sett led finally in Fostat, near Cairo, where Maimonides became known as a physician and as a leader in the Jewish community.
The chief works of Rambam, as Maimonides is also called, are Kitab al-Siraj, a commentary on the Talmud; Mishneh Torah, an exposition of Jewish law; and Dalat al-has'irin (The Guide of the Perplexed), a treatment of seve ral philosophical issues. Maimonides' attempts to synthesize Jewish revelation and Aristotelean philosophy influenced St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas.
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