The Jews of Khazaria (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Sep 27, 2006 - Religion - 352 pages
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The Jews of Khazaria chronicles the history of the Khazars, a people who, in the early Middle Ages, founded a large empire in eastern Europe (located in present-day Ukraine and Russia). The Khazars played a pivotal role in world history. Khazaria was one of the largest-sized political formations of its time, an economic and cultural superpower connected to several important trade routes. It was especially notable for its religious tolerance, and in the 9th century, a large portion of the royal family converted to Judaism. Many of the nobles and commoners did likewise shortly thereafter. After their conversion, the Khazars were ruled by a succession of Jewish kings that began to adopt the hallmarks of Jewish civilization, including the Torah and Talmud, the Hebrew script, and the observance of Jewish holidays. In this thoroughly revised edition of a modern classic, The Jews of Khazaria explores many exciting new discoveries about the Khazars' religious life, economy, military, government, and culture. It builds upon new studies of the Khazars, evaluating and incorporating recent theories, along with new documentary and archaeological findings. The book gives a comprehensive accounting of the cities, towns, and fortresses of Khazaria, and features a timeline summarizing key events in Khazar history.
  

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Scholarly but readable. I found it fascinating. Read full review

Review: The Jews of Khazaria

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Scholarly but readable. I found it fascinating. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 01 The Origins of the Khazars
1
Chapter 02 The Cities and Towns of the Khazars
19
Chapter 03 The Structure of the Khazar Government
47
Chapter 04 The Khazar Way of Life
59
Chapter 05 Khazarian Trade
73
Chapter 06 The Khazars Conversion to Judaism
87
Chapter 07 Relations between the Khazars and Other Peoples
125
Chapter 08 The Decline and Fall of the Khazar Empire
149
Chapter 10 Eastern and Central European Jews after the Tenth Century
197
Timeline of Khazar History
247
Glossary
251
Native Khazarian Personal Names
255
Other Instances of Conversion to Judaism in History
257
Bibliography
273
Index
293
About the Author
317

Chapter 09 The Diaspora of the Khazars
163

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About the author (2006)

Kevin Alan Brook is an historian who has researched the Khazars since 1993. He has contributed articles about the Khazars to The Encyclopaedia of Judaism Second Edition (Brill, 2005) and The Turks Vol. 1 (Yeni Turkiye, 2002). Since 1995, Brook has maintained the website of the American Center of Khazar Studies (Khazaria.com).

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