Soci Curriculum Vitae
Department of History and Institute of Jewish Studies,
Department of History,
561 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta,
GA 30322 USA
e-mail : email@example.com
Jewish history; medieval Near Eastern and Mediterranean history; heresy and methods of exclusion; religious conversion; chanceries, courts, and government administration in medieval Iraq, Egypt, and Sicily; medieval Jewish courtiers; documentary sources in Arabic, Judeo-Arabic, and Hebrew, especially letters, petitions and decrees; archives, genizot, and the afterlives of documents.
Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the
Fatimid Caliphate. Conjunctions of Religion and
Power in the Medieval Past.
Patronage and Politics: Islamic Empire and the Medieval Jewish Community. In process; expected submission August 2010
Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of
History and Anthropology: Tradition, Authority, Diaspora, co-editor with Ra‘anan Boustan and Oren Kosansky.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
“A Petition to a Woman at the
“At the Limits of Communal Autonomy: Jewish Bids for Government Interference.” Mamlūk Studies Review, special issue: Religion and Religious Culture of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Mamluk Period, edited by Johannes Pahlitzsch, forthcoming
“Literacy, Orality, and Book Culture among Medieval Jews.” Jewish Quarterly Review, forthcoming
“Formal and Informal Patronage in the Islamic East: Geniza Evidence.” Al-Qanṭara: Revista de Estudios Árabes 29 (2008): 81–122 (special issue: Patronage in the Medieval Islamic World, edited by María Esperanza Alfonso), in press
“Karaites Real and Imagined: Three Cases of Jewish Heresy.” Past and Present 197 (2007): 35–74.
“Karaites at the Rabbinical Court: A
Legal Deed from Mahdiyya Dated
Articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings:
“Fatimid Decrees and Jewish Communal
Politics.” In María Ángeles Gallego (ed.), Reason and Faith in Medieval Judaism and Islam, Commentaria.
“Benefaction (ni‘ma), Gratitude (shukr), and the Politics of Giving and
Receiving in Letters from the Cairo Geniza.” In Miriam Frenkel and Yaacov
Lev (eds.), Giving in Monotheistic
Religions, Studien zur Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients.
“Laity vs. Leadership in
Peer-reviewed book chapters:
“A Record of Obligation (dhikr ḥaqq) Dated 242 AH
(856–857).” In Werner Diem, Geoffrey Khan, and
“Judaism and Tradition: Continuity,
Change and Innovation.” Co-authored with Albert I. Baumgarten. In
Ra‘anan Boustan, Oren Kosansky, and Marina Rustow (eds.), Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of History and
Anthropology: Tradition, Authority, Diaspora. Jewish Culture and
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert E. Bjork (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). “Eviatar ha-Kohen ben Elijah,” “Literacy, Jewish (female and male),” “Nagid,” “Poverty, and Jewish care for.”
The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, ed. Norman Stillman (Brill, in process). Major surveys: “History of
the Jews of Iraq, medieval to
Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, eds. G. Böwering, P. Crone, W. al-Qadi, D. Stewart, and M. Q. Zaman (Princeton University Press, in process). “Intercession,” “Loyalty” (total 1,200 words).
The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture, ed. Judith Baskin (Cambridge University Press, in process). “
, from the Islamic Period on” (500 words). Egypt
Public scholarship and non–peer reviewed writings:
“Chancery Deeds.” Genizah
Preface to Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, “Servants
of Kings and not Servants of Servants”: Some Aspects of the Political
History of the Jews. Tenenbaum Family Lecture Series in
Scripture and Schism: Samaritan and Karaite Treasures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Exhibition catalogue, with the participation of Elka Deitsch and Sharon Lieberman Mintz. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2000