- Aug 2, 2020
You are assuming that written tradition is where it started. That is where you have gone wrong. Written tradition came later.On this one, people like Anwar Awlaki, Iran Hosein and recently "manyprophetsonemessage" like this talking point but it lacks any historical credibility.
The Qur'an in Surah 2:102 is not talking about a tradition of Jewish esotericism that was invented five centuries after the advent of Islam (Islam being 7th century and Kabbalah first emerging in the 13th century out of the Islamicate esoteric and philosophical context in places like Spain).
What the Qur'an is accusing the Israelites of these was more primitive superstitious magic which was more common in the ancient world.
The truth about Kabbalah is that it is a Judaized evolution of three things (Shia Islam, Sufism and Muslim Neoplatonism) common in the Muslim world between the 9th and 13th centuries. Jews further combined it with small elements of the long defunct forms of Christianity known as Gnosticism, namely specific emanationist metaphysical models.
This article is a good introduction to the matter: