Dr. Oded Zinger

Buber Fellow: 
Academic interests: 

Jews in the medieval Islamic world; medieval Mediterranean history; Cairo Geniza; Law and Society studies; Gender studies; The family in the medieval Islamic world; Arabic Papyrology;

Current Projects: 

The World of Two Jewish Court Clerks in 12th Century Egypt.

Curriculum Vitae: 
Academic Appointments
  • 2016-2017: Israel Institute for Advanced Study, Jerusalem. Fellow in the “Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital from the Late Middle Ages Through the Early Twentieth Century” research group. 
  • 2014-2016: Duke University, Durham, NC. Perilman Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center for Jewish Studies.
  • 2008-2014: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. PhD, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Dissertation Title: "Women, Gender and Law: Marital Disputes according to Documents from the Cairo Geniza." Dissertation committee:  Mark R. Cohen (adviser), Michael Cook, William Chester Jordan, Elisheva Baumgarten (Hebrew University) General Exam held in spring 2010.
  • Fields: Islamic History 600-1050, Prof. Michael Cook, Non-Muslims under Muslim Rule 600-1500, Prof. Mark Cohen, Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Medieval Islamic World, Prof. Everett Rowson (NYU). 
  • 2007-2008: Hebrew University, Jerusalem. One Year of a Two Year MA Program in the Middle Eastern Studies Department. 
  • 2003-2007: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. BA History, Certificate in Near Eastern Studies,  Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
  • 2005-2006: Oxford University, Christ Church College, Oxford. Princeton-Oxford History Exchange Program.
Awards and Fellowships
  • 2016-2017: Ephraim E. Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
  • 2015: Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Prize for best PhD dissertation, NES Department, Princeton University
  • 2014-2016: Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ben Gurion University (declined)
  • 2014-2016:Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Fellowship, McGill University (declined)         
  • 2014/5: Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University (declined)
  • 2011/2: Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2008/9: Johnson Garrett ’35 Memorial Fellowship, Princeton University   
  • 2007/8: Academic Merit Scholarship, Hebrew University
  • 2007: Joseph R. Strayer Prize in Medieval Studies, Princeton University 
  • 2007: Carolyn L. Drucker Prize in Jewish Studies (2nd Place), Princeton University
  • 2007: William Koren, Jr. Memorial Prize in History, Princeton University
Conferences and Panels Organized
  • Emotions and Identities in Jewish Communities along the Medieval Mediterranean. A double panel for the biannual conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean in Ghent, 2017(organized with Miriam-Esther Wagner).
  • Individuals and Legal Institutions around the Medieval Mediterranean. International conference at Duke University, 7-8 March 2016.
  • “‘She Aims to Harass Him:’ Jewish Women in Muslim Legal Venues in Medieval Egypt” – accepted for publication in AJS Review. 
  • “A Karaite-Rabbanite Court Session in mid Eleventh Century Egypt.” accepted for publication in Ginzei Qedem: Genizah Research Annual. 
  •  with David Torollo, “From an Arab Queen to a Yiddische Mama: The Travels of Marital Advice around the Medieval Mediterranean” Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue 22 (2016), 471-516
  •  “Tradition and Medicine on the Wings of a Fly” Arabica: Revue d'études arabes et islamiques 63 (2016), 89-117.
  • “‘Finding a Fragment in a Pile of Geniza’: A Practical Guide to Collections, Editions and Resources” Jewish History, a double issue: Documentary Geniza Research in the 21st Century, edited by Jessica Goldberg and Eve Krakowski. Accepted.
  • “Goitein and Strong Women” Jewish History, a double issue: Documentary Geniza Research in the 21st Century, edited by Jessica Goldberg and Eve Krakowski. Accepted.
  • “Social Embeddedness in the Legal Arena according to Geniza Letters,” in Writing Semitic: Scripts, Documents, Languages in Historical Context, eds. Andreas Kaplony and Daniel Potthast (Brill) Accepted.
  • “Jewish Women in Muslim Legal Venues in Medieval Egypt: Seven Documents from the Cairo Geniza,” in Language, Gender and Law in the Judaeo-Islamic Milieu, eds. Zvi Stampfer and Amir Ashur (Brill) Accepted. 
  • “‘What Sort of Sermon is This?’: Leadership, Resistance and Gender in a Communal Conflict” in Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times: A Festschrift in Honor of Mark R. Cohen, eds. Arnold E. Franklin, Roxani Eleni Margariti, Marina Rustow and Uriel Simonsohn (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 83-98. 
  • with Luke Yarbrough, “Appendix of Primary Source Readings”, in Heinz Halm, The Arabs: A Short History, expanded edition (Princeton: Markus Wiener, 2011), pp. 181-334. 
  •  “When ‘the One who is with me’ is not with me: Long-Distance Marriages in the Cairo Geniza” (Hebrew) Peʿamim: Journal for the Study of Oriental Jewry 121 (2009), pp. 7-66.