Fustat on the Nile: The Jewish Elite in Medieval Egypt

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'Fustat Egypt which sits on the River Nile' - this is how the Jews called their city. Coalition and opposition, power struggles between leaders who were aided by local Jewish pressure groups and abetted by the Muslim authorities - these were a few of the characteristics of the leadership in the Jewish community of Fustat, the largest and liveliest of the Jewish communities in the eleventh century.
The author follows the activities of these leaders and analyzes their motives in the light of the complex ...

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Overview

'Fustat Egypt which sits on the River Nile' - this is how the Jews called their city. Coalition and opposition, power struggles between leaders who were aided by local Jewish pressure groups and abetted by the Muslim authorities - these were a few of the characteristics of the leadership in the Jewish community of Fustat, the largest and liveliest of the Jewish communities in the eleventh century.
The author follows the activities of these leaders and analyzes their motives in the light of the complex relationships developing in the community between the different ethnic groups, while in the background the traditional centers of Jewish authority in Palestine and Babylon battle each other for control of the Jewish people.
The survey of the dramatic events was made by analysis of documents and letters from the Geniza in Cairo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004114395
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/1999
  • Series: Medieval Mediterranean Series, #24
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elinoar Bareket, Ph.D. (1987), Tel-Aviv University, Lecturer of Jewish history for the Ben-Gurion University. She has published, in addition to ten articles, two books dealing with the Jewish leadership in Egypt during the eleventh century. Recipient of the Ben-Zvi award in 1996.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
List of Abbreviations
Glossary of Hebrew and Arabic Terms
Illustrations 1-8

1. The Consolidation of the Jewish Community in Fustat 1
2. Community Institutions 31
3. The Leadership 77
4. The Jerusalemite Community's Leaders 129
1. Ephraim b. Shemaria 129
2. Yefet b. David 160
3. Samuel b. Avtalyon 176
4. Yefet b. Tobiah 180
5. Aaron b. Ephraim 184
5. The Leaders of the Babylonian Community 192
1. Shemaria b. Elhanan 192
2. EIhanan b. Shemaria 205
3. Abraham b. Sahlan 222
4. Sahlan b. Abraham 233
Synchronic Table 257
Bibliographical Index 259
Index of Geniza Documents 267
General Index 281

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