Wisdom and Greatness in One Place: the 15th-c. Alexandrian Trader Moses Ben Judah and His Circle
Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner has been working on Mamluk Alexandria. Together with her colleague Dr Dotan Arad (Bar Ilan University), a historian specialising in the Mamluk period, she has prepared an edition of mercantile letters from 15th-century Alexandria, which are part of the manuscript collections in the Bodleian.
Composed in Judaeo-Arabic and Hebrew, they paint a vivid picture of the economic situation in Mamluk Egypt, the commercial connections between Southern Europe and the Middle East, the relations between Jewish and non-Jewish merchants, and the integration of Jews in the wider Egyptian society, in particular as compared to their situation in the earlier Fatimid and Ayyubid empires.
- Publication (submitted)
2018 Wagner, Esther-Miriam and Arad, Dotan. Wisdom and Greatness in One Place: the 15th-c. Alexandrian Trader Moses Ben Judah and His Circle (Leiden: Brill) (submitted)