Reading Geniza Letters Anew


The letters from the Cairo Geniza are among the most important types of documentary source material available for those interested in the history of the Jewish communities in the Arabic-speaking world during the Middle Ages. At first utilized primarily for the factual information they provide about individuals, events, and communal institutions, these texts have of late begun to be reexamined in terms of their importance as material objects, their linguistic and literary dimensions, and the social contexts in which they were produced and read. Growing attention has also been given to those features that distinguish different genres of letter writing.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Access options

Buy single article

Instant unlimited access to the full article PDF.

US$ 39.95

Price includes VAT for USA

Subscribe to journal

Immediate online access to all issues from 2019. Subscription will auto renew annually.

US$ 99

This is the net price. Taxes to be calculated in checkout.

Author information

Correspondence to Arnold E. Franklin.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Franklin, A.E. Reading Geniza Letters Anew. JEW HIST 32, 551–558 (2019) doi:10.1007/s10835-019-09316-4

Download citation


  • Commercial correspondence
  • Epistolography
  • Letter writing
  • Sociolinguistics