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The Lost Archive

Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue

Marina Rustow



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Princeton University Pres
24 March 2020
A compelling look at the Fatimid caliphate's robust culture of documentation The lost archive of the Fatimid caliphate (909-1171) survived in an unexpected place: the storage room, or geniza, of a synagogue in Cairo, recycled as scrap paper and deposited there by medieval Jews. Marina Rustow tells the story of this extraordinary find, inviting u
By:   Marina Rustow
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   60
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm, 
ISBN:   9780691156477
ISBN 10:   0691156476
Series:   Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World
Pages:   616
Publication Date:   24 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marina Rustow is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and professor of Near Eastern studies and history at Princeton University. She is director of the Princeton Geniza Lab and a MacArthur fellow, and is the author of Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate.

Reviews for The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue

A handsome volume with compelling illustrations . . . . This magisterial study is a must for anyone interested in the geniza but also for anyone considering how we relate to the texts of our predecessors and what we hope to leave to those who follow. ---Elka Weber, Segula Jewish History Magazine [T]hose seeking to ask important questions about the Jewish-Arab dynamic in medieval times will ... find much to glean [in this book]. ---Dr. Stu Halpern, Jewish Book Council

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