A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo

The History of Cambridge University's Genizah Collection

By Stefan Reif

© 2000 – Routledge

300 pages

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About the Book

Explains how Cairo came to have its important Genizah archive, how Cambridge developed its interests in Hebraica, and how a number of colourful figures brought about the connection between the two centres. Also shows the importance of the Genizah material for Jewish cultural history.


'A lively and accessible account of the discovery and study of the Cairo Genizah, a major source of material for the history of Oriental Jewish communities and Mediterranean society in general. This book is highly recommended' - Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Journal of Jewish Studies

Reif's pioneering work is an excellent introduction to the Genizah … in a lucid and concise style, and with the help of sixty photographs and maps and an excellent internal organisation, the book is a most interesting work which should be reccommended to a wide range of readers.' - Journal of Semitic Studies Vol. 47: 2

'For his decades of service to this cause and for this book in particular, Professor Reif deserves our admiration and thanks.' - The Jewish Quarterly Review, XCIII, Nos. 3-4 (January-April, 2003)

'Not only does the book's compiler, Professor Reif, possess impeccable scholarly credentials…but many of its non-specialist readers - and this is a book which deserves to have many readers - will certainly echo this reviewer's gratitude for the commitment expressed in his introduced to the cause of communicating the results of specialist academic research to a wider interested public.' - Christopher Shackle, Bulletin of SOAS

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Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies