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In 1978, when the author visited at Princeton University from the University of California at Berkeley, one of his happiest discoveries was that a young scholar named Mark Cohen had opened up the teaching of Jewish history at Princeton. In his own courses in early modern European history during the 1970s he had been using more Jewish material: the autobiographies of Glikl Hamel and Solomon Maimon had become as important as texts by Christians in his Berkeley classes on the history of early modern women and gender. From his research in the Geniza documents, Mark had drawn a remarkable political portrait of Jewish self-government in medieval Egypt; as a social and cultural historian, he had been working on such themes as poverty and charity, family life, and popular festivity in early modern Europe.

Keywords: Christians; early modern Europe; Egypt; Geniza documents; Jewish self-government; Mark Cohen; Princeton University



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