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This front matter section of the book Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times: A Festschrift in Honor of Mark R. Cohen contains a list of contents, a foreword, acknowledgments, a list of figures, and notes on contributors. The book discusses the study of the history of Jews in the Islamic world. Fatimid Egypt was the center of the Jewish world, having eclipsed Abbasid Baghdad. At Shīʿī dynasty with its origins in North Africa, the Fatimids wrested the wealthy, tax-producing province from the Abbasid realm and then drew literate, urban, and geographically mobile elites to its new capital city, Cairo, the hub of a trade network that would eventually extend across both the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Keywords: Fatimid Egypt; Indian Ocean; Jews; North Africa



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