Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture
February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the 2019 Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture. Marina Rustow, Department of History, Princeton University, presents Archives, Paper, and the State Under the Fatimids.
What: Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture: “Archives, Paper, and the State Under the Fatimids”
Who: Presented by Marina Rustow, Department of History, Princeton University
When: Thursday, February, 28, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120
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About the speaker
Professor Marina Rustow is a social historian of the medieval Middle East and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, as well as a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. She works on the Cairo Geniza, a cache of more than 300,000 folio pages preserved in an Egyptian synagogue, some Arabic papyri and paper documents. Her first book was Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (2008).
Rustow’s research centers primarily on Egypt and Syria from the 10th to the 15th centuries. Her work focuses on related questions such as:
- what makes social and religious groups cohere and fragment;
- how people demanded justice of the state and facilitated or resisted its extraction of resources;
- how written documents structured the exercise of power and the creation and maintenance of social bonds;
- and how reconstructing the concrete details of medieval life demand of the historian a use of the imagination that is rigorous rather than fanciful.