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The Basic Facts about the Cairo Geniza The Cairo Geniza refers to more than three hundred thousand Jewish manuscript remains discovered in Ben Ezra’s synagogue storeroom in Egypt’s old Cairo. These remains outline the account of 1000-year era from 870CE to the 19th century. They are an account of Jewish, Middle Eastern and North African people during this period with most of their lifestyles being documented here. It is believed to be a significant account of the world’s manuscripts containing diverse collections from the medieval era. The manuscripts are written in different languages among them being Hebrew Aramaic and Arabic. In addition, it is written on paper, which is the most common, but other materials such as vellum, cloth and papyrus are also used. Details of the Cairo Geniza manuscripts The important document shows a significant account of the Jewish region as seen in the recordings of biblical accounts, the Talmudic writings as well as the Rabbinic with some of this content containing some of the original works all of which are very important in the modern day religious studies. In addition to this, it gives a glimpse into the cultural and economic lifestyles of the North Africans and Eastern Mediterranean dwellers between the 10th and 13th centuries thus making it easy for historians to study and make references to this period.
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These writings have become of historical importance and are spread in different universities all over the world including the Cambridge and Manchester Universities. There were additional manuscript findings in Basatin cemetery located east of Old Cairo.
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How the Cairo Geniza was discovered Simon Van Gelderen did the initial mention of this writings in either 1752 or 1753 when he first visited the Ben Ezra synagogue but not much was said during the writings back then. In 1864 however, Jacob Saphir who was a scholar and traveler visited the synagogue and explored the documents for two days. Although he did not make any significant findings during his two-day exploration he made suggestions that there could be something important in the chamber that needed to be explored further. In 1896, two twin sisters named Agness and Margaret brought with them interesting parts of the remnants for a friend in Cambridge for a keener look. Solomon Schechter realized the significance of the material and made a journey out to Egypt to investigate further. Through the assistance of the chief rabbi of the synagogue he was able to get to the most important part of the writings and separate the most important part of the Geniza. This explain why the greater percentage of the fragments are now archived in various world universities today. The significant fragments are used in different studies including theology.

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