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Prenup in Hebrew dated 1048 CE, in which the bride Fāʾiza makes her husband Ṭoviyya promise to give up his bad ways and drinking buddies after marriage—and to not buy a female slave without her express permission! From the Cairo Genizah, at Cambridge:
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Musannaf Oct 2
Replying to @afzaque
(It's that one archive where you inevitably come across the most incredible finds, while looking for something else entirely!)
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Musannaf Oct 2
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Turns out this document has a particular significance, as an early example of what Eve Krakowski calls "personalized behavioral stipulations" resembling those in Islamic marriage contracts. See her award-winning book: (of which I've yet to acquire a copy!)
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Musannaf Oct 2
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Here is a partial translation of the prenup:
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Musannaf Oct 2
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Source: (p. 16 of PDF) It's featured there alongside a number of other cool items from the major Genizah exhibition at Cambridge in 2017, which I sadly missed (but which my partner got to see, and saved the catalog for me all the way across the Atlantic!)
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Musannaf Oct 2
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This document apparently caught the eye of a reporter who visited the exhibition in 2017 and dwells on it in the Guardian: She also notes a case of "a wife threatening a hunger strike...in protest against her husband’s behaviour" (see p. 18 of above PDF)
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Abdullah Oct 2
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Is there a translation for the whole thing?
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Craig Perry Oct 2
Indeed! Mordechai A. Friedman, “Pre-Nuptial Agreements with Grooms of Questionable Character: A Geniza Study,” Dine Israel VI (1975): CV–CXXII.
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Zarrar Khuhro Oct 2
Cc you may like this
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Akbar Momand Oct 2
Looks like men haven’t changed in over a thousand years
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AdamE Oct 2
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