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The Lost Archive


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This book is an investigation into the robust culture of written documentation in the Middle East of medieval times, based on a close examination of examples of Arabic-language official decrees, memoranda, orders, accounts, registers, receipts and other written artifacts that have been retrieved from the Cairo Geniza.

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Marina Rustow is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and professor of Near Eastern studies and history at Princeton University. She is director of the Princeton Geniza Lab and a MacArthur fellow, and is the author of Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate.


"Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Writing Based on Archival Material"
"One of the Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year 2020"
"[T]hose seeking to ask important questions about the Jewish-Arab dynamic in medieval times will ... find much to glean [in this book]."---Dr. Stu Halpern, Jewish Book Council
"A handsome volume with compelling illustrations . . . . This magisterial study is a must for anyone interested in the geniza but also for anyone considering how we relate to the texts of our predecessors and what we hope to leave to those who follow."---Elka Weber, Segula Jewish History Magazine
"Ferociously thoroughly researched, beautifully written."---Robert Irwin, Times Literary Supplement

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