Please join us in congratulating Indiana University Press Journals author Marina Rustow, recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. Rustow is coauthor, with Eve Krakowski, of “Formula as Content: Medieval Jewish Institutions, the Cairo Geniza, and the New Diplomatics,” which appeared in Jewish Social Studies 20.2 (Winter 2014). In their article, Krakowski and Rustow use evidence from marriage contracts found in the Cairo Geniza—an important repository of medieval documents—to argue for a new understanding of the relationship between Jewish and Islamic law, and the ways in which the Jewish community in Egypt utilized the legal frameworks of the Fatimid caliphate. This article is one part of Rustow’s larger research on the Cairo Geniza for which she won the MacArthur Fellowship.
Marina Rustow is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Professor of History at Princeton University where she directs the Geniza Lab. Professor Rustow received her PhD from Columbia University and recently coedited Jewish Studies at the Crossroads of Anthropology and History: Authority, Diaspora, Tradition (2011).