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The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture 2021 Event

Ian and Mildred Karten
18:00 - 19:30
23 February 2021
Online event

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Event details

The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture is part of the Parkes Institute annual lecture series and has been named to honour the generosity and interest shown by Ian and Mildred in the Parkes Institute.

This year's lecture is being organised in conjunction with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture (CMRC).

Jewish scribes at work in medieval Egypt: glimpses from the Cairo Geniza

Jewish communities of medieval Islamicate world were  communities of readers. Books were essential for religious life but also as professional guides and for leisure. Although it is difficult to evaluate the extent of literacy or the amount of books produced, the preserved writings in Hebrew script from the 10th century onwards reveal intense book production and a great diversity of books available to medieval Jewish readers. Books were hand written and several different craftsmen participated in their production. This lecture reveals various aspects of the scribal activities as attested in the documents discovered in the Cairo Geniza.


Judith Olszowy-Schlanger , FBA, is President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Hebrew Manuscript Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. Her research interests include Hebrew palaeography, Cairo Geniza Studies as well as Hebrew manuscripts from medieval England. Her publications include Karaite Marriage Documents from the Cairo Geniza. Legal Tradition and Community Life in Mediaeval Egypt and Palestine (Brill, 1998), Hebrew and Hebrew-Latin Documents from Medieval England: a Diplomatic and Palaeographical Study, Monumenta Palaeographica Medii Aeavi (Brepols, 2015).

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Sarah Pearce .


Please register by clicking on the link above, we will send you joining instructions prior to the event.  Registration closes at 13.30 (UTC) on 22 February 2021.

Scribal scribblings, from the Cairo Geniza
Credit: Philadelphia, Katz Center for Judaic Studies, Halper 318v
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