Karaite Marriage Contracts from the Cairo Geniza

Legal Traditions and Community Life in Mediaeval Egypt and Palestine


This book is the first comprehensive study of legal, historical and economic aspects of marriage as practised during the Middle Ages, in Egypt and Palestine, by members of distinct Jewish movement known as Karaism. This study is based on original mediaeval manuscripts written in Hebrew, and recovered from the famous Cairo Geniza. Sixty-five manuscripts, most of them previously unpublished, are edited and translated in the second part of the book. The detailed and accessible analysis of their contents, language, formulation and palaeography sheds a new light on Karaite legal and linguistic tradition, and provides a unique source for our understanding of early Karaism, and of Mediaeval Jewish History in general.

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Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Ph.D. (1995) in Hebrew, Cambridge University (UK) is at present Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Her research interests concern linguistic and historical aspects of Cairo Geniza manuscripts, as well as Hebrew linguistic thought in Western and Oriental traditions.
In the field of Jewish studies, all those who are interested in Cairo Geniza Studies, Karaite Studies, Jewish-Muslim Relations, Mediaeval Jewish History, Social, Economic and Religious History of the Near East, Jewish Law, Hebrew Philology, Palaeography and Linguistics.
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