Date(s) - 14/02/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Intellectual and Cultural Encounters
Public Lecture Series
Tuesday 14 February, 7:30 pm
H1.16, Ground Floor, Bldg H
Monash Caulfield Campus
Hidden Treasures: Exploring Jewish-Muslim Interactions as Reflected in the Cairo Genizah
Professor Paul Fenton
Around the turn of the 20th century, scholars made a discovery that would revolutionise the study of Jewish history and culture. Lying forgotten in a room in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat (Old Cairo) were hundreds of thousands of manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts. They ranged from personal correspondences to prayer books, from shopping lists to mystical treatises. The Cairo Geniza became one of the richest sources for the study of the social, intellectual, and cultural history of medieval Jews.
This lecture offer us a rare insight into the ways in which these texts shed light on Jewish-Muslim cultural and intellectual interactions in the medieval period.
Professor Fenton is Co-Director of the Department of Arabic and Hebrew Studies at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, where he has been Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature since 1996.
Admission free; No prior bookings
Presented in conjunction with Centre for Religious Studies, Monash University
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