“Hebrew Documents in Tenth Century Egypt: Echoes of a Lost Late
Ancient Jewish Legal Regime?”
Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 4:00pm EST
Description: Judaism transformed profoundly between the fifth and ninth centuries. Yet we know surprisingly little about the Jewish populations that flourished at this time, within either the late Roman and Sasanian empires or the early Islamic caliphates. This talk will suggest that the earliest Jewish legal documents preserved in the Cairo Geniza, which date to the tenth century, preserve indirect evidence for Jewish legal and writing practices during this long and obscure period - the forerunners of medieval rabbinic Judaism.
Eve Krakowski is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Judaic Studies at Princeton University. She’s a social historian of medieval Egypt and Syria, focusing on the history of Jews and Judaism in both regions. Her first book, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Female Adolescence, Jewish Law and Ordinary Culture, came out in 2018.