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The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt

Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman


This book explores Jewish commercial partnerships in medieval Egypt, and reveals Jewish merchants to have used economic cooperation as a vehicle for cultural identity formation and maintenance. Through a detailed analysis of the legal documents of the Cairo Geniza, the book shows an affinity between Jewish law and the daily life of Jewish merchants filtered through the courts, which educated merchants about the norms of Jewish commercial law without necessarily demanding that the merchants transact their business according to those norms. However, a close reading of the actual documentary evid ... More

Keywords: commerce, culture, trade, partnerships, economics, identity, Geniza, S. D. Goitein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785471
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman, author