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Mark R. Cohen
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 7/31/2008

Maimonides’ Code and the Social and Economic Realities of the Medieval Islamic World

I propose to apply the test of the documents from everyday life in the famous Cairo Geniza to Maimonides’ legal code in order to determine to what extent his work quietly adjusts tradition to reality. I seek to uncover examples of legal rulings (halakhot) where Maimonides adapts Talmudic law to social and economic realities of Jewish life [in] the Islamic world in which he lived.