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Abraham's Luggage: A Social Life of Things in the Medieval Indian Ocean World -- a talk by Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn (DeMontfort University, U.K.)

Event Type
academic, culture, food, history, international, presentation
Sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies with generous support from the George A. Miller Committee * the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences * the Spurlock Museum * the Krannert Art Museum * the Program in Jewish Culture & Society * the Centers for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Global Studies, and African Studies * the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory * the School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics * the Departments of History and Landscape Architecture
100 Gregory Hall
Jan 15, 2019   5:00 - 6:30 pm  
Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn, DeMontfort University, U.K.
Carol Symes

In the twelfth century, a Jewish merchant made a list of his possessions – both those he had brought from Cairo and those he had acquired over years as a trader in India. The story of this remarkable document and its contents is told in a new book from Cambridge University Press. Come hear its author, Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn, discuss how she discovered Abraham’s list and what it reveals about the dynamic commercial and social activities, cross-cultural contacts, domestic habits, and shared foodways that joined the medieval Mediterranean to South Asia in an age of encounter.

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