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

Speaker: Ofir Haim

Respondent: Eve Krakowski or Marina Rustow

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.

Monday, November 22, 2021