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Cairo Genizah

Cairo Genizah

The Cairo Genizah is a collection of documents, which were found at the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo in the nineteenth century. Written in Judeo-Arabic between the tenth and thirteenth centuries, the documents are a testament to the ways in which different cultural traditions were integrated in the Middle East. As a historical source, the documents provide rare insight into the lives of Jews living and working in medieval Cairo and represent one of the best sources for the social history of the Middle East in the Middle Ages.

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