Mark R. Cohen
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Mark R. Cohen
Mark R. Cohen
Born (1943-03-11) March 11, 1943 (age 76)
OccupationScholar, professor, author
Academic background
Alma materBrandeis University
Princeton University
Columbia University
Academic work
InstitutionsPrinceton University

Mark R. Cohen (born March 11, 1943) is an American scholar of Jewish history in the Muslim world.

Cohen is Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.[1] He is a leading scholar of the history of Jews in the Middle Ages under Islam.[2][3] His research relies greatly on documents from the Cairo Geniza.[2] From 1985 until his retirement in 2013 Cohen also led the Geniza Lab at Princeton University, which aims to make the Geniza corpus available and searchable online (as of 2013, the database contained 4,320 documents).[4] The project is headquartered at the S.D. Goitein Geniza Research Lab, where many of Goitein's personal books and notes are stored. In 2014 Cohen was a visiting professor at New York University Abu Dhabi.[5]

Cohen won the National Jewish Book Award for his book Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egypt in 1981[6] and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996.[7]

Cohen earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, his master's degree at Columbia University, and his doctorate at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Selected publications

  • Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egypt: The Origins of the Office of Head of the Jews, ca. 1065-1126 (1981)
  • The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi (1987)
  • Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages (1994)
  • Poverty and Charity in the Jewish community of Medieval Egypt (2005)
  • The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza (2005)

See also


  1. ^ Mark R. Cohen's Princeton University Faculty Page
  2. ^ a b "Cohen is one of the most important scholars of his generation in the study of the history of Jews in the Islamic world." Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times: A Festschrift in Honor of Mark R. Cohen. Brill. 2014. p. 1.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Martin (2010). In Ishmael's House. Yale University Press. p. 23.
  4. ^ About the Geniza Lab
  5. ^ What I Learned Teaching Arabs About Judaism in Abu Dhabi by Mark R. Cohen. The Forward, 2015.
  6. ^ NJBA Winners
  7. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

External links

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