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Cairo Geniza
(12,956 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 18 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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