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Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World) Kindle Edition

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This book will undoubtedly be required reading for anyone interested in the study of poverty and charity, both in medieval Islam and in the Jewish tradition. Because its source material is so exceptionally rich, it can be argued that it is also an important contribution to the understanding of non-European premodern charitable institutions. The lucid presentation of the material, especially the translated documents in the companion volume, make this work very useful for undergraduate and graduate students.

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This book will undoubtedly be required reading for anyone interested in the study of poverty and charity, both in medieval Islam and in the Jewish tradition. Because its source material is so exceptionally rich, it can be argued that it is also an important contribution to the understanding of non-European premodern charitable institutions. The lucid presentation of the material, especially the translated documents in the companion volume, make this work very useful for undergraduate and graduate students. (Yossef Rapoport International Journal of Middle East Studies )

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  • File Size: 1683 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 10, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WJM4OM
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Even though the writing style can be somewhat dry in places, this book is a gift to anyone doing research on the period. At times a textbook on the evolution of Jewish thought, at others a deeply moving testimony to the plight of the area's poor, the author "uncovers the faces" of long forgotten unfortunates as they plead for bread and other necessities. Mr. Cohen's translation skills are extraordinary. I particularly liked the inclusion of Arabic and Hebrew transliterations of important vocabulary used in the texts. He has obviously spent many years on this project. His passion illuminates the remotest detail of these priceless documents (which are available in a companion book: The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern))

I am thankful I stumbled across this book. It has enriched my understanding of the past, the Jewish faith and the way Middle Eastern cultures interacted and took care of each other at the time.
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