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Marina Rustow

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
September 4, 2006–August 3, 2007
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University
Project title
Language and Power in the Medieval Mediterranean: Sicilian Jews and the Polyglot Phenomenon
Project description

Marina Rustow’s project investigates multilingualism among the Jews of Sicily, who were an important link in transmitting Arabic learning to Europe. Through research of Jewish archival documents in Sicily and manuscripts at the Vatican, she seeks to understand how Jews understood the importance of polyglot practices and translation during the rise of humanist scholarship.