Maimonides and the Merchants, The 2018 Viterbi Lecture in Mediterranean Jewish Studies by Princeton Professor Mark Cohen
Written for an agrarian society, the Talmud was in many ways ill-equipped for the new economy that emerged with the advent of Islam in the 7th century. The Babylonian Geonim made accommodations through their responsa, through occasional taqqanot, and especially by applying the concept that custom can be a source of law.
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