The articles in this volume focus on the legal, linguistic, historical and literary roles of Jewish women in the Islamic world of the Middle Ages. Drawing heavily on manuscript evidence from the Cairo Genizah, the authors examine the challenges involved in the identification and interpretation of women’s letters from medieval Egypt, the registers of women’s written language, the relations between Jewish women and the Muslim legal system, the conversion of women, visions of women in Hell and gendered readings in the aggadic tradition of Judaism.
Zvi Stampfer, Ph.D. (2005), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is head of the Research Authority of Orot Israel College, researcher in the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University and the editor of
Ginzei-Qedem: Genizah Reserch Annual.
Amir Ashur, Ph.D. (2006), Tel Aviv University, is a researcher at Orot Israel College and Tel Aviv University. His major field of study is the Cairo Genizah—the ‘documentary Geniza’, Maimonides and Judaeo-Arabic Bible translations.
Those interested in the history or application of Jewish law, particularly as it relates to women in the Middle Ages, and linguists or historians with an interest in gender.