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The Business of IdentityJews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt$
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Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785471

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785471.001.0001

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Partnership as Culture

Partnership as Culture

Jewish Law and Jewish Life

(p.49) Two Partnership as Culture
The Business of Identity

Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman

Stanford University Press

The second chapter explores in depth the legal documents from the Geniza that concern commercial partnerships. These documents have received short shrift in other studies of commercial cooperation, and their analysis reveals that the commercial structures used by Jews were in fact closely related to those seen in the classical compendia of Jewish law, particularly where Jewish and Islamic law differ. Furthermore, chapter shows how the distinctively Jewish aspects of commercial cooperation parallel other distinctive aspects of Jewish law and culture. Therefore, Jewish merchants’ deliberate and free choice of commercial vehicles known from Jewish law may be seen as affirming a distinctive Jewish identity which cuts across cultural domains.

Keywords:   partnership, commenda, mercantile cooperation, Jewish law, Islamic law

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