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Title: Karaite Marriage Contracts from the Cairo Genizah: Legal Traditions and Community Life in Medieval Egypt and Palestine
Author: Olszowy-Schlanger, Judith
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1997
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004108868
Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 522
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This book is the first comprehensive study of legal, historical and economic aspects of marriage as practised during the Middle Ages, in Egypt and Palestine, by members of distinct Jewish movement known as Karaism. This study is based on original mediaeval manuscripts written in Hebrew, and recovered from the famous Cairo Geniza. Sixty-five manuscripts, most of them previously unpublished, are edited and translated in the second part of the book. The detailed and accessible analysis of their contents, language, formulation and palaeography sheds a new light on Karaite legal and linguistic tradition, and provides a unique source for our understanding of early Karaism, and of Mediaeval Jewish History in general.