Marina Rustow, “The Material Turn in Cairo Geniza Research”

Pearl and Jack Mandel Lecture in Jewish Studies

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This illustrated talk will share some recent, unpublished findings that have convinced me to revise my views on topics such as the Jewish belief in the sanctity of Hebrew script, the capacity of lowly subjects to get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.

Presented by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited.

Date & Time
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street