In the recent Buber colloquium, Oded Zinger examined claims of social isolation in women's petitions from the Cairo Geniza. Recognizing this theme in women's letters helps us detect the opposite claim of connectedness in men's petitions and letters. The comparison sheds light on the predicament and agency of women who lacked social capital and on the hegemonic masculinity prevalent among the Jewish middle class in medieval Egypt.
Colloquium with Dr. Oded Zinger: Lonely women, belonging men: gender and social relationships in the Jewish communities of Medieval Egypt
Lonely women, belonging men: gender and social relationships in the Jewish communities of Medieval Egypt
Monday, Oct 22, 2018