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Webinar: The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue
September 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDTFree
A lecture from Marina Rustow, Princeton University, discussing the content of her book of the same name.
This webinar is part of the Silsila Fall 2020 Lecture Series, Islam in Africa: Material Histories
“The lost archive of the Fatimid caliphate (909–1171) survived in an unexpected place: the storage room, or geniza, of a synagogue in Cairo, recycled as scrap paper and deposited there by medieval Jews. Neglected in favor of Hebrew-script texts from the Cairo Geniza, the hundreds of Fatimid state fragments invite us to reconsider the longstanding but mistaken consensus that before 1500 the dynasties of the Islamic Middle East produced few documents, and preserved even fewer.
This lecture will consider the lifecycle of Fatimid decrees and how they made their way from chancery officials to ordinary scribes—a trajectory that provides a window onto preindustrial archiving practices and documentary ecologies.”
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