Friday, July 26, 2013

Overheard from Medieval Cairo

The two Mizrahi men sitting to my right  in the capacious lobby of the Jerusalem YMCA are hammering out the details of a bill for repair work to be sent to a certain Hajjaj b. Yosef. I feel ever so slightly like I'm sitting in a Genizah document — and maybe a little bit more sympathetic to the early Genizah scholars who found it so easy to use their modern world as a store of comparanda for the medieval one.

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