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Cairo Geniza
(12,776 words)

1. General Survey and History of Discovery


"Geniza" is a convenient one-word title to describe an extensive and unique collection of medieval manuscripts, mainly in Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, and Aramaic, and usually written on vellum and paper, that has illuminated virtually every aspect of life in and around the east…

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Stefan Reif, Miriam Frenkel, Meira Polliack, Ben Outhwaite and Esther-Miriam Wagner, “Cairo Geniza”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0004800>
First published online: 2010

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