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Cabala (alternately Kabbala(h) or Qabala(h)) may refer to one of several systems of mysticism:

  • Kabbalah (קַבָּלָה), in traditional belief the continuous general transmission of Jewish mysticism, in academic classification the specific theosophical doctrinal system from the Middle Ages onwards, incorporating schools of Medieval, Lurianic, and Hasidic Kabbalah
    • In Jewish meditation, Meditative Kabbalah, the meditative tradition within Judaic Kabbalah
    • Prophetic Kabbalah, Abraham Abulafia's system of meditative Kabbalah in Judaism
    • Practical Kabbalah, magical practices in Judaism from the Talmudic period through the Middle Ages, selectively used theurgically by some Jewish Kabbalists
  • Christian Kabbalah, Christian theological incorporation of Jewish Kabbalistic doctrine from the Renaissance onwards
  • Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric and magical tradition drawing on Jewish Kabbalah doctrine and methods, with other sources
    • English Qabalah, one of several different systems of Hermetic Qabalah that interpret the letters of the English or Latin alphabet as number and symbol

Other traditions with some similarities to Kabbalistic doctrine or methods[edit]

  • Gnosticism, classical belief systems speculating hierarchical mythic processes of good and evil in divine creation
  • Neoplatonism, classical philosophy of descending divine emanationism
  • Hurufism, Medieval Sufi Islam sect that combined Koranic letters mystically ("cabalistically")
  • Sabbateanism, heretical antinomian adaptions of Kabbalah alongside early-modern Judaism


  • Qabala, a city in Azerbaijan
  • Cabala, a variant spelling of Jableh (Gabala), a Christian city in Syria during the Middle Ages

See also[edit]