Averroes and Maimonides

Stephen appears to link "Averroes and Moses Maimonides" in Nestor because both of them sought to reconcile Aristotle's pagan Greek philosophy with scriptural religion—Islam in the case of Averroes, Judaism for Maimonides. But this pair of philosophers also expresses Joyce's fascination with exotic oriental locales: they lived and wrote in Moorish North Africa and Spain. 

John Hunt 2012

Averroes in a detail from Andrea Bonaiuto's Triunfo de Santo Tomás, a 14th c. Florentine tribute to Aquinas' philosophy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Moses Maimonides. Source: mishnehtorah.org.