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5/14 STROUM LECTURE | Lost archives, sacrosanct wastebins, and Jews of the medieval Islamic world
5/14 STROUM LECTURE | Lost archives, sacrosanct wastebins, and Jews of the medieval Islamic world
WhenTuesday, May 14, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus roomKane Hall 220
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsStroum Center for Jewish Studies, Jackson School of International Studies
Target AudienceWide reach, on & off campus, International Studies, History, Middle East, Digital Humanities

Dr. Marina Rustow of Princeton University will deliver the 2019 Samuel & Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies, considering the place of ancient manuscripts in our digital age. Focusing on documents from the Cairo Geniza, a cache of more than 300,000 pages preserved in an Egyptian synagogue that came to light in the late 19th century, Rustow will discuss the strange position these documents inhabit in an online era.

About the speaker
Marina Rustow is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History at Princeton University. Her first book, “Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate,” was published in 2008, and she is currently working on another volume looking at state documents found within the Cairo Geniza. She runs the Princeton Geniza Lab.

In 2002, Rustow was the Hazel D. Cole Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, and in 2015, she received a MacArthur Fellowship supporting her work. She is the co-editor of “Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of Anthropology and History: Authority, Diaspora, Tradition” (2011) and has published scholarly articles in such journals as “Past & Present, Jewish History, al-Qantara, Mamlūk Studies Review, and Ginzei Qedem: Geniza Research Annual.”

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