An International Workshop on Digital Geniza

The Cairo Geniza consists of over 380,000 fragments of writing composed between 870 and 1896 CE. While most are biblical, Talmudic, and rabbinic texts, the Geniza’s 8,000-18,000 ‘documentary’ fragments offer a unique window on daily Jewish life. However, since the contracts, doctors’ prescriptions, shopping lists, and business letters are written in dialects of medieval vernacular Arabic in Hebrew characters, often interspersed with Hebrew and Aramaic, very few scholars have direct access to them. This academic workshop, intended for faculty and graduate students, is part of an effort to develop a research website to make these remarkable primary sources more accessible.

Sponsored By:

UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

Cosponsored By:

UCLA Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies
UCLA Viterbi Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies
UCLA History Department
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies