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Mapping Jewish communities of Byzantium

The project aimed to map the Jewish presence in the Byzantine empire using GIS (Geographical Information Systems). All information (published and unpublished) about the Jewish communities was gathered and collated. Subsequently, the data incorporated in a GIS were made freely available to the general public on the world-wide-web.

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Alexandrian trader Moses Ben Judah and his circle

Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner together with Dotan Arad, a historian specialising in the Mamluk period (Bar Ilan University), is currently preparing an edition of mercantile letters from 15th-century Alexandria, which are part of the manuscript collections in the Bodleian.

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Research and teaching in the field of Jewish Studies take place in a variety of faculties and departments across the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies is an initiative whose objective is to join up this activity and communicate the range of expertise and wealth of research in the field that currently exists in the university. The Forum meets once a term to exchange information and ideas. It is hoped that it will encourage wider participation and a variety of perspectives.

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