Barley, Wheat, and Ex-Communication: A Study of Judeo-Persian Correspondence from Eleventh-Century Bamiyan

Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Open to public
Department & Program in Near Eastern Studies

Speaker: Ofir Haim

Respondent: Eve Krakowski 

Ofir’s research concerns the social, intellectual, and linguistic interactions between different religious and ethnic groups in the pre-modern Iranian world. As a Mandel Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his current project is dedicated to a rich and multi-lingual corpus which was dubbed the “Afghan Geniza.” This textual corpus sheds light on “voiceless” groups that are virtually absent from known sources, particularly the Jewish minority. Through a meticulous reading and translation of the corpus documents, Ofir delves into the everyday experiences of the Jews of eastern Iran and their relationship with the Muslim majority.

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