Marina Rustow Awarded Medieval Academy of America’s Haskins Medal for ‘Astonishing’ Book on Cairo’s ‘Lost Archive’

Written by
Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Feb. 2, 2022

Marina Rustow, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, professor of Near Eastern studies and history, has been awarded the 2022 Haskins Medal by the Medieval Academy of America for her book The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020).

The Haskins Medal is awarded annually by the academy for a distinguished book in the field of medieval studies. It is the organization’s most prestigious award.

Rustow’s area of specialization is the medieval Middle East, particularly texts from the Cairo Geniza, a cache of more than 400,000 folio pages and fragments of legal documents, letters and literary materials going back to about the year 870, that were consigned to a hiding place or storeroom (in Hebrew, “geniza”) in the medieval Ben Ezra Synagogue in the old city of Cairo.

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