A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE ARAB WORLD AS PORTRAYED IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE CAIRO GENIZA (VOL I-IV ONLY)

Goitein, S.D.

Published by University of California Press 1967-1983, Berkeley, 1967
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Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. illustrations, facsimiles, maps, 24 cm. First four volumes of this six-volume "portrait of a Mediterranean personality" is a composite portrait of the individuals who wrote the personal letters, contracts, and all other manuscript fragments that found their way into the Cairo Geniza. Most of the fragments from the Geniza, a storeroom for discarded writings that could not be thrown away because they might contain the name of God, had been removed to Cambridge University Library and other libraries around the world. Professor Goitein devoted the last thirty years of his long and productive life to their study, deciphering the language of the documents and organizing what he called a "marvelous treasure trove of manuscripts" into a coherent, fascinating picture of the society that created them. It is a rich, panoramic view of how people lived, traveled, worshiped, and conducted their economic and social affairs. The first and second volumes describe the economic foundations of the society and the institutions and social and political structures that characterized the community. The remaining material, intended for a single volume describing the particulars of the way people lived, blossomed into three volumes, devoted respectively to the family, daily life, and the individual. The divisions are arbitrary but helpful because of the wealth of information. The author refers throughout to other passages in his monumental work that amplify what is discussed in any particular section. The result is an incomparably clear and immediate impression of how it was in the Mediterranean world of the tenth through the thirteenth century. "Published under the auspices of the Near Eastern Center, University of California, Los Angeles. " Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Contents: Volume 1. Economic foundations. --Volume 2. The community. -Volume 3. The family. -Volume 4. Daily life. Includes 8 plates of black and white illustrations, colored end papers illustrated with map. Volumes were issued serially, so each volume stands on its own. Subjects: Jews -- Civilization. Cairo Genizah. Islamic Empire -- Civilization. Added author Gustave E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies. LCCN 67-22430 r84. All internal pages are nice and clean. Volume one jacket has some tears, but still solid. Otherwise, Very good condition in like dustjackets. (SEF - 22-15a). Bookseller Inventory # 27745

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Title: A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY: THE JEWISH ...

Publisher: University of California Press 1967-1983, Berkeley

Publication Date: 1967

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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