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The Illustrated Cairo Genizah

Pre-order your copy of our new book, The Illustrated Cairo Genizah, by Nick Posegay and Melonie Schmierer-Lee (a 340-page, hardback, coffee-table type introduction to the Cambridge Genizah Collections). Estimated dispatch date: 1st October 2024. Order your copy here.

The Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection is a window on the medieval world and has been colourfully described as ‘a refuge for writings’ and ‘a battlefield of books’. Its 193,000 manuscript fragments, mainly in Hebrew, Judaeo-Arabic, Aramaic and Arabic, are an unparalleled resource for the academic study of Judaism, Jewish history and the wider economic and social history of the Mediterranean and Near East in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. They shed light on the mundane as well as the religious and cultural activities of that world, since the Collection preserves a huge number of personal letters, legal deeds and other documents, alongside literary and sacred texts. The Genizah Research Unit was established in the 1970s to carry out a comprehensive program of conservation, cataloguing and research on the manuscripts. The Genizah Research Unit relies upon external support for its projects.

Genizah Fragments blog

Visit the Genizah Fragments blog to read about our research and new discoveries.

Thinking about visiting the Library to consult or view the Collection? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page first.

High-resolution images and detailed descriptions of more than 21,000 Genizah fragments from our Collections are now available on the Genizah section of Cambridge University Digital Library. Hundreds of new fragments are uploaded each month. Click here to see them.

The final issue (Oct 2021) of Genizah Fragments, the Unit's twice-yearly newsletter, is now available to read and download here. Insead of further issues of the newsletter you can find all our news on our blog here.

In May 2024's Fragment of the Month, Yusuf Umrethwala finds evidence for Buyid-Fatimid diplomatic links in an state document.

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Contact the Unit

Dr Ben Outhwaite
Genizah Research Unit
Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR

Tel: +44 (0)1223 333129



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