15 September, 2012
Nightjar’s next radio production will be a series of Essays for BBC Radio 3
The Cairo Genizah is a treasure trove of medieval manuscripts found inside the ancient, crumbling Ben Ezra synagogue. Reflecting 800 years of community life, the documents contain everything from prayers to children’s exercise books and business letters to the complaints of disgruntled wives. In the series five scholars from Cambridge University Library’s Genizah Research Unit will navigate the archives to reveal their favourite fragments and weave a tale of the life of a multi-cultural medieval society not so different from our own.