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The Material Turn in Cairo Geniza Research

The Material Turn in Cairo Geniza Research
170 St. George Street, JHB 100
Time: Oct 19th, 4:00 pm End: Oct 19th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Jewish Studies, Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Book History/Print Culture, Archaeology
Lecture by Marina Rustow, Princeton University

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to present:

Marina Rustow, Princeton University

The Material Turn im Cairo Geniza Research

Recent projects to digitize the contents of the Cairo Geniza—the largest cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered—have revolutionized research in the field. They have done so in two main ways: by enabling scholars to reunite fragmentary texts virtually; and by provoking a new interest in the manuscripts as objects rather than only as containers for words.

This illustrated talk will share some recent, unpublished findings that have convinced me to revise my views on topics such as the Jewish belief in the sanctity of Hebrew script, the capacity of lowly subjects to get what they wanted from Muslim states, and the existence and destruction of archives in the medieval Middle East.
 
Marina Rustow is Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of History at Princeton University.
 
This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited. For further information, please contact the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at (416) 978-1624.


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