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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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The Geniza, Jewish Identity, and Medieval Islamic Social and Economic History

The Geniza, Jewish Identity, and Medieval Islamic Social and Economic History

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(p.194) Four The Geniza, Jewish Identity, and Medieval Islamic Social and Economic History
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The Business of Identity
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Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785471.003.0004

The fourth chapter traces out the implications of the second and third chapters for the organizing assumption of the Princeton School discussed in the first chapter. If Jewish merchants were educated as to the norms of Jewish commercial law and indeed chose to structure their economic relationships according to those norms, then the documents of the Geniza cannot be directly used as a proxy to describe commercial cooperation among Muslim merchants. The chapter introduces an alternative model for extrapolating from the Geniza documents to the broader Muslim world which takes into consideration Islamic and Jewish law as well as the surviving documentary evidence of Muslims and Jews alike.

Keywords:   mentalité, cultural norms, Geniza, structuralism/functionalism, historiography

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