Mark R. Cohen

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Mark R. Cohen (born March 11, 1943) is an American scholar, currently[when?] professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University specializing in Jews in the Muslim world. He is a leading scholar of the history of Jews in the Middle Ages under Islam. His research relies greatly on documents from the Cairo Geniza. He also heads the Geniza Project at Princeton University, which aims to place an extensive number of medieval documents on an online search engine (as of March 2007, the database contained about 4000 documents). The project is headquartered at the S.D. Goitein Geniza Research Lab, where many of Goitein's personal books and notes are stored.

Cohen earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, his master's degree at Columbia University, and his doctorate at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He currently lives in New York City.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Islam (1980)
  • The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi (1987)
  • Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages (1994)
  • Poverty and Charity in the Jewish community of Medieval Egypt (2005)
  • The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza (2005)

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