Khedouri A Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History Marina Rustow is featured in the latest issue of Discovery, the University’s annual research magazine and on the University’s home page. The Discovery article discusses Rustow’s research in the Cairo Geniza, a collection of more than 400,000 fragments of legal documents, letters and literary materials, going back to about the year 870, that were consigned to a hiding place or storeroom (in Hebrew, “geniza”) in the medieval Ben Ezra Synagogue in the old city of Cairo. This “mirror of the society” reveals the social and economic life of medieval Jews in Cairo and throughout the Mediterranean world. Rustow, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2015 for her research, has just published The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue with Princeton University Press. She also uses the Cairo Geniza for her undergraduate course, Medieval Cairo: A Survival Guide.
Rustow is the director of the Princeton Geniza Lab, a collaborative space devoted to making the Geniza documents accessible to the scholarly world and the general public.
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