This paper argues that new socio-economic developments caused by the India trade in the first half of the twelfth century contributed to the emergence of a new Jewish pre-nuptial agreement: the engagement deed. Once this new deed was introduced, it became a vehicle designed to protect the future bride in other aspects of her married life, thereby affording her further freedoms.
"The India Trade and the Emergence of the Engagement Contract: A Cairo Geniza Study,"
The Medieval Globe: Vol. 3
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/tmg/vol3/iss1/3