For business, people sometimes have to travel. For some, that may mean travelling for long periods of time, as some Jewish traders in the twelfth century experienced. Ultimately, though, what did they drink? To explore these questions, the 89th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features Professor Elizabeth Lambourn discussing what alcohol did Jewish traders in the 12th century in the Indian Ocean drink?
For those less familiar with Prof. Lambourn, she earned an International Baccalaureat at a French Lycée, an MA in Art History from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2002, Prof. Lambourn was fortunate to receive a Postdoctoral Scholarship at De Montfort University in Leicester and this institution has been a welcoming home since then. During that time, she published Abraham’s Luggage: A Social Life of Things in the Medieval Indian Ocean World, from which material is drawn for this episode.
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Book and Links Mentioned
- Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (2011)
- Taylor-Schechter Geniza Research Unit, Cambridge University Library
- Princeton University’s Geniza Lab
- Friedberg Genizah Project which is run with the Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society (requires registration)