Marina Rustow has won a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for the two-year project “Documents and Institutions in the Medieval Middle East,” to be undertaken with Eve Krakowski (Yale University). The project will study and compare legal and administrative documents from 11th- and 12th-century Egypt and Syria preserved in the Cairo Geniza in Arabic and Hebrew script. In a handbook and an existing online database, Rustow and Krakowski will attempt to place on a firm evidentiary basis long-running debates about the stability and effectiveness of medieval Middle Eastern institutions. The goal is to help facilitate an analysis of Islamicate institutions based not on the theoretical accounts of medieval chroniclers and jurists but on the tangible evidence left by medieval Middle Eastern legal courts and chanceries themselves. Read more here.