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Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo

When Apr 26, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Milstein Exhibition Centre, University Library, Cambridge
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Contact Phone +44 (0)1223 333920
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Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo

to mark the opening by Dr Leonard Polonsky CBE, Chairman, The Polonsky Foundation

For more than 1000 years the Jews of Fustat, Old Cairo, faithfully preserved their worn-out sacred texts, shopping lists, personal letters, business documents and records of daily life in their 'Genizah'. This colossal haul of writings shows an intimate portrait of a vibrant community—international in outlook, multicultural in make up, and devout to its core.

26 April 2017 18.00–19.30 (speeches from 18.30–18.45)

At the Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

Drinks and vegetarian canapés will be served

RSVB: Francesca Harper  +44 (0)1223 333920

Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR

The Polonsky Foundation has generously supported Genizah research. digitisation and acquisition in Cambridge since 2010

 

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