Global Trends in Higher Education
A panel discussion featuring Walter W. McMahon,
Helaine Silverman, & Allison Witt.
Abraham's Luggage: A Social Life of Things in the Medieval Indian Ocean World
January 15, 5pm
100 Gregory Hall
In the 12th century, a Jewish merchant made a list of his possessions – those he had brought from Cairo & those he had acquired over years as a trader in India. The story of this remarkable document & its contents is told in a new book from Cambridge University Press. Its author, Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn, will discuss how she discovered Abraham’s list & what it reveals about the dynamic commercial & social activities, cross-cultural contacts, domestic habits, & shared foodways that joined the medieval Mediterranean to South Asia.
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