Contractual Partnerships in the Geniza and the Relationship between Islamic Law and Practice

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
View More View Less
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):



It is the consensus of scholars that Jewish merchants in the medieval Islamic world structured their economic relationships according to the norms of a broad, “Islamic” marketplace. Legal agreements found in the Cairo Geniza show that, on the contrary, these merchants adhered to the norms of Jewish law. I discuss the implications of this finding for the study of Jewish and Islamic social, economic, and legal history, for which the Geniza documents are an important direct witness.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 202 79 3
Full Text Views 95 2 0
PDF Views & Downloads 19 5 1