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Stories from the Cairo Genizah

every evening this week (monday 9th to friday 13th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
life in fragments: stories from the cairo genizah (5 episodes, in “the essay” series) (repeated from may 2013)

“The Cairo Genizah is a treasure trove of manuscripts from the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo that portrays over 800 years of community life.
Rediscovered in the 19th century, this vast communal paper-bin contained hundreds upon thousands of scraps of rag-paper and parchment.
It’s an unedited archive of prayers, letters, poems, magical spells, alchemical recipes, children’s exercise books, divorce deeds and pre-nuptial agreements that paints a lively and intimate picture of daily medieval life in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean.”

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