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Chinese Porcelain and the Material Taxonomies of Medieval Rabbinic Law: Encounters with Disruptive Substances in Twelfth-Century Yemen

Elizabeth Lambourn

Elizabeth Lambourn is Reader in South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Her research is particularly focused on the identification and study of new material archives and on Indian Ocean materialities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman

Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and History, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a social, economic, and legal historian of the medieval Islamic world. His current project examines Jewish urbanization under the early Abbasids and subsequent Jewish migration to the emerging communities of the Islamic Mediterranean. His 2014 book, The Business of Identity (Stanford University Press) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He also served as one of the editors of The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Brill, 2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Legal Encounters on the Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

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... (Lambourn) in collaboration with a specialist in Jewish law (Lieberman). Decoding Two Questions about ṢīnīVessels Sometime around 1135, a prominent Jewish merchant in Aden sent a set of very precise questions about ṣīnī (“Chinese”)...