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Jewish, Islamic, or Mediterranean? : historiography and the Cairo Geniza -- Partnership as culture : Jewish law and Jewish life -- Commercial forms and legal norms in the Jewish community of medieval Egypt -- The Geniza, Jewish identity, and medieval Islamic social and economic history -- Appendix : fifteen legal documents concerning partnership.
The Cairo Geniza is the largest and richest store of documentary evidence for the medieval Islamic world. This book seeks to revolutionize the way scholars use that treasure trove. Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman draws on legal documents from the Geniza to reconceive of life in the medieval Islamic marketplace. In place of the shared practices broadly understood by scholars to have transcended confessional boundaries, he reveals how Jewish merchants in Egypt employed distinctive trading practices. Highly influenced by Jewish law, these commercial practices served to manifest their Jewish id.
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